Early Childhood Education


UW-Stout's Early Childhood Education program teaches students to become professionals who understand and meet the needs of children from ages six weeks to eight years. This program prepares students to teach in a variety of settings including infant toddler, preschool, kindergarten and primary grades one through three. Students will have the opportunity to work with children early in the program in UW-Stout's Child and Family Study Center. This interaction continues as students' progress and culminates in student teaching.

Students who plan to teach may wish to consider the TEACH Grant, a new federal program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. UW-Stout currently participates in the TEACH Grant program.

High School Preparation


  • Public and Private school teachers (Pre-school-third grade)
  • Head Start Director
  • Toddler Teacher (Discovery Learning)
  • Assistant Director (Huntington Learning)
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Third Grade Teacher

Average salary for UW-Stout graduates — $32,000
97% employed in 2012–2013

View our Annual Employment Report for more details.

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Freshman English - Composition or Freshman English - Honors I
Introduction to Early Childhood Programs
Math Course
Introductory Biology
General Psychology

Freshman English – Reading or Freshman English – Honors II
Modern United States History or Early United States History
Fundamentals of Speech
American Government
Introduction to Geology
World Geography

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Introduction to Early Childhood Programs
History of early childhood programs for children through age 8, developmentally appropriate practice, current issues, professionalism, employability skills and attitudes, career exploration. Early Childhood majors only.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Infants and Toddlers
Developmentally appropriate practices for teaching with infants and toddlers in group settings. Contrast of appropriate and inappropriate practices. Emphasis on play, creativity, health and safety, integrated curriculum, appropriate teaching strategies, assessment, program models, and writing lesson plans for infants and toddlers. Observations required.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Preschool
Developmentally appropriate teaching practices with preschool children in group settings. Play, creativity, health and safety, integrated curriculum, teaching strategies, assessment, program models and lesson plans. Observations and practicum required.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Kindergarten — Primary
Developmentally appropriate teaching practices in kindergarten through grade 3 in group settings. Play, creativity, health and safety, integrated curriculum, teaching strategies, assessment, program models and lesson plans. Observations required.

Language Arts and Emergent Reading I: Birth – Kindergarten
Developmentally appropriate strategies and materials for planning, implementing, and evaluating language arts. Emphasis on developing emergent literacy skills and language arts with children Birth through Kindergarten.

Early Childhood Clinical Experience: Integrated Curriculum
Development of competencies in planning, teaching, and evaluating the integrated curriculum for the early childhood period. Participation in an early childhood setting required.

Administration of Early Childhood Programs
A study of program organization, program design, staffing, licensing, certification, equipment and facilities for operating early childhood education programs. Field trips required.

Advanced Classroom Management and Guidance
Advanced study of managing early childhood classrooms. Management of the physical environment, instructional context, including large and small groups, and social context. Building a classroom community and encouraging collaborative learning. Assessing management of early childhood classrooms. Analysis of classroom management programs. Observation/participation in early childhood classrooms required.

Child Abuse and Neglect
Systemic nature, forms and indicators, and prevention of abuse/neglect. Factors contributing to, and intervention skills in, coping with the effects of abuse/neglect on children and families at risk.

Children, Families, Schools and Communities
Building family, school, and community partnerships to support children's well being and educational success. Theories and processes used to establish positive home-school-community relations.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Contact Information

Jill Klefstad, Program Director
117 Heritage Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715-232-2345
E-Mail: klefstadj@uwstout.edu
or earlychildhood@uwstout.edu

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