Early Childhood Education

Here at Winona State University there are two options for Early Childhood Education.

Option 1: Early Childhood: Birth–Grade 6 program.

Students complete the Elementary Education K-6 program with additional foundational coursework in early childhood education. This program is a four-year Winona campus-based program.

The Early Childhood program is for ambitious students who want to expand their licensure area to include students who are younger than kindergarten.

The students gain valuable field experience through WSU’s Children Center which provides students, faculty/staff and community members with customized quality, early education and care programs for children age six weeks through fourth grade at two sites.

Option 2: Early Childhood Education WSU- ECEO

This program was created based on the newly developed Early Childhood Transfer Pathway. Students will matriculate with an Associates of Science Pathway degree from community colleges, and then fulfilling WSU acceptance and program acceptance requirements prior to attending WSU.

These 60 credits will complete the WSU Early Childhood program for the Early Childhood Birth to grade 3 license in Minnesota. This will be separate from the current Early Childhood/Elementary double majors available for traditional students.

Here are a few documents that will help you as you plan your course schedule:

Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ELEC) major