Early Childhood

TYPE: Minor/Certificate
DEPARTMENT: Educational Leadership Department

LOCATION: On-Campus

General Description

A Minor in early childhood at UW-Superior will acquaint you with developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age 11 in education, law, social services or various health-related areas.

The Early Childhood Minor is open to any student, regardless of Major, but most often paired with the elementary education major to earn Wisconsin EC-MC licensure of ages from birth to age 11 to teach early childhood through elementary-aged students.

The Early Childhood Minor is also available online through UW-Superior's Distance Learning Center.

Program Outcomes

Through a Minor in Early Childhood at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Learn how to integrate learning theory with subject matter knowledge to plan instruction and learning activities, appropriate to young children.
  • Understand and be able to apply theories, models and strategies for teaching subject-specific concepts and skills.
  • Understand the physical, social, emotional and cognitive aspects of development in relation to student learning.
  • Gain multicultural understanding and how to incorporate diversity into the classroom.

Career Opportunities

An Early Childhood Minor provides excellent preparation for students interested in working with young children in a variety of fields, including careers in:

  • Early childhood education
  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Parent education
  • Child and family advocacy
  • Family casework
  • Child welfare
  • Child protection
  • Child policy
  • Pediatrics

Did You Know?

  • Through the Early Childhood program, students may also earn Child Life Certification to help children and families through life's most challenging events, which can be taken in conjunction with any Major or completed as an interdisciplinary Major.
  • UW-Superior has more than 100 years of experience in training teachers
  • All of our Teacher Education faculty have experience working with elementary and middle school students.
  • Many of our graduates have won teaching awards at district, state and national levels and are highly regarded by their employers.
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