Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Birth through Pre-K
ENMU's non-licensure Early Childhood Education Program provides practical learning
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Early Childhood Birth to Pre-K, Non-Licensure
A Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in birth-PreK (non-licensure) opens the door for you if you are committed to learning how to provide excellence in early care, early education and family support. The program is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills you need to create optimal learning environments for children, birth through age 4.
This will result in your gaining a deep understanding of human development, the whole child, and the contexts in which a child develops.
As part of this program, you will complete practicum experiences which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight from teachers already working in the field.
A degree in early childhood education with an emphasis in birth to Pre-K (non-licensure) can lead you to careers where you provide direct services to young children (from birth through age 4) and their families, as well as to careers in which you administer these programs and to careers in which you provide professional development for these individuals.
Upper-division coursework for this program is offered online. Transfer students may be able to complete the program 100% online if transfer credits satisfy lower-division program requirements.
- Online program available if you already have an associate degree or have completed all 100- and 200-level courses for your bachelor’s degree.
- On-campus students gain extensive field experiences at the Child Development Center (CDC) on campus
- Affordable tuition makes it easy for you to pick ENMU, a school with a strong reputation for producing capable teachers.
Learning Format for Early Childhood Education Coursework
If you are taking the online option, you still have the option to take all classes online or a combination of online and in-person. In any case, you’ll complete assignments, readings, papers, tests and projects throughout each semester.
In all classes, your participation using online tools including Canvas, Zoom, and Teams, and recorded lectures via Mediasite will connect you with professors and other students on your own time, and can be completed at your convenience, rather than during a specific time.
Advising for Early Childhood Education Students
We offer advising via phone or email for online students, and in-person appointments if you are on campus. We look forward to working with you!
Education Resources and Academic Support
We want to make sure you get the support you need. We offer flexible tutoring services, including the ENMU Writing Center which is available to help you improve your writing and help you clearly communicate for written, school-related projects and assignments.
We also have online databases, journal article, and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center (GSSC). ENMU librarians are available virtually, via phone and email to provide assistance, so you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.
See our distance learning library services
For questions and concerns about homework assignments, projects and grades you can always email or call your professor.
Early childhood professionals who provide direct services to children and families include
- Child care programs
- Preschool classrooms
- Head Start and Early Head Start
- Family child care providers
- Early intervention specialists
- Home visitors
- Child life specialists
Early childhood professionals who administer programs include
- Program directors in programs listed above
- Education managers in programs listed above
- Curriculum specialists in programs listed above
- Public and private agencies that administer family child care networks
Professional development providers for these individuals include
- Adult educators/trainers in private and public organizations
- Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency staff
- Providers of training and technical assistance
In addition, other early childhood professionals provide monitoring and support services to program administrators and direct service providers through local, state, and federal agencies.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
We are committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans, and work-study offered University-wide, the College of Education and Technology offers scholarships for current students.
Additionally, many ENMU students work part-time jobs on campus to help finance their education. Depending on your career goals, you may be eligible for a TEACH Grant or the New Mexico T.E.A.C.H program.
Early childhood education students may be eligible for the E.C.E.C.D. (Early Childhood Education and Care Department) Comprehensive Early Childhood Scholarship Program.
High School Courses
If you're interested in majoring in early childhood education at ENMU, try to take courses in the areas of child development and psychology.
Additional Degree Information
On the degree programs section of our site, you can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree, including the courses you will take when you're majoring in birth-PreK early childhood education at Eastern.