Early Childhood Education

Dean: 
Parker Fawson, Ed.D.

Department Chair:
Mike Patch, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator:
Genan Anderson, Ph.D.
801-863-8057

Advisor:
Shaunna Requilman
801-863-8478

Faculty:
Tracy Sermon

ChildEarly Childhood

Program Description

UVU Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Education program at UVU is designed to prepare professionals for a wide variety of positions in the early child care Industry by offering certification and degree programs.

Certificate and Degree Offered

Early Care and Education Certificate of Completion

This certificate is for students interested in increasing their skills in working with children in child care and preschool programs. Individuals are prepared to work as technicians in public education classrooms and as teacher aides in private centers or Head Start.

Associate Degree (A.S.)

Individuals who earn an Associate Degree are prepared to teach preschool in private and corporate centers, Head Start, and public education tuition preschools, or work as center directors.

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood can be planned to fill the majority of the requirements for entry into the Elementary Education Program.
The UVU Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Post Baccalaureate K-3 Endorsement

The Early Childhood Core courses required by the Utah State Office of Education for the K-3 endorsement are available to elementary education teachers who are licensed 1-8 or who are returning to the workforce and seeking recertification.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching in early childhood programs and child care centers
  • Head Start teacher and teacher aide
  • Teacher aide in elementary schools
  • Owner and director of preschool or child care center
  • Head Start Head Teacher (An associate degree fulfills this minimum requirement for this position.)