Teaching young children is as rewarding as it is fascinating. At the University of
Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), the Early Childhood Education (ECED) program focuses on
children from birth through age eight. Studies show the more active engagement support
a child receives in early years of life developing cognitive, social, language, motor,
and other skills, the more likely the child is to be successful in school, and in
life. Our goal is to help ensure the success of these, our youngest of learners,
by preparing high quality and experienced early childhood education professionals.
The ECED faculty are passionate, dedicated educators, experienced in early childhood education, child care center administration, curriculum development and special program oversight. They are committed to each student, and advancing educational knowledge through innovative research.
The ECED program offers many options to earn a degree in the field of early childhood—from undergraduate to graduate, with or without certification. We also offer a minor in early childhood education for students who wish to major in fields such as psychology or sociology, but want to work with agencies that focus on the needs of children and families, such as Child Protective Services (CPS).
For students who have an associate’s degree in an early childhood discipline from an accredited institution, we offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialty in Educator of Young Children. This program plan builds on and extends the lower level child development associate's degree coursework. The degree is designed for teachers, directors and other professionals in childcare, Head Start, Early Head Start, other infant and toddler programs, private preschools, Early Intervention programs or other programs where teacher certification is not required. Students complete a Practicum experience at the end of the program in a community-based, educational program tailored to their professional needs.
For students coming directly from high school child development programs who want to start in a four-year program focused on birth to age five, we offer a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). This degree, like the BAS, is designed for teachers, directors and other professionals in childcare, Head Start, Early Head Start, other infant and toddler programs, private preschools, Early Intervention programs or other programs where teacher certification is not required. Students also complete a Practicum experience at the end of the program in a community-based, educational program tailored to their professional needs.
For students interested in teaching within the public school system, which requires teacher certification, we offer a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Core Studies EC-6 Certification with a Concentration in Early Childhood. Students complete an internship in a public school setting at the end of their program.
For graduate students seeking to enhance their careers and become leaders in the Early Childhood Education field, we offer a Master of Science degree. This degree is designed to give candidates the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding, combining theory, practice and research with an emphasis on coursework focused on young children birth through age eight. It includes a Practicum experience option in a community-based educational program focused on the student’s career goals.
The degree is offered with three specialty tracks: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education- Focus on Young Children with Disabilities, Early Childhood Education with Core Subjects EC-6 Certification.
- Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.S. with a major in Early Childhood Education – Educator of Young Children
- Early Childhood Care and Education B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Studies B.S. with Core Subjects EC-6 Certification (Early Childhood Concentration)
- Minor in Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Education M.S.
- Early Childhood Education M.S. Online
UHCL’s College of Education graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for both initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation. We’re one of only 14 educator preparation programs in Texas to hold this accreditation. The College of Education is also accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency and holds accreditations from a number of organizations for individual specializations and certification programs.
We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.