Bachelor's Degrees

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Early Childhood Education, B.A.E.

Are you interested in teaching children from birth through grade 3? The two-year Early Childhood Education, B.A.E., program begins in the fall semester and culminates in both a Bachelor of Arts in Education and an Arizona Teaching Certification for birth through grade three when all requirements are met. The program uses a cohort model, which allows you to complete the program with the same group of students for four semesters. Best of all, you graduate ready for your own classroom!

Format: In Person
Location: Tucson (Main Campus)

Learn to design, plan, and implement early childhood instruction
Gain hands-on experience working with children in preschools and K-3 classrooms
Graduate prepared to teach in your own preschool or elementary classroom

Sample Courses

Take courses from top scholars in a variety of subjects, including:

  • TLS 301: Child Guidance and Classroom Management (Birth-Age 8)
  • TLS 312: Early Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
  • TLS 411: Cultural Pluralism for Young Children
  • TLS 319: Language Arts and Literacy Practices for the Young Child


You will have a full-year placement in a pre-K classroom and a full-year placement in a K-3 classroom. You’ll meet with the families of the children you teach and have professional learning opportunities that include faculty, mentor teachers, and university students.


Graduates teach in public and private preschools and elementary schools in grades K-3 in Arizona and other states. Other graduates have gone on to graduate school in counseling, special education, and policy studies.

Degree Requirements

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