Children are the foundation for a bright future. It’s never too early to start giving them the tools they need to be successful. If you’ve always enjoyed working with children, this program can give you the skills you need to create the career of your dreams!

As an Early Childhood Education major at UW-Stout, you'll:

  • Become certified to teach birth through third grade in Wisconsin.

  • Be part of a caring community of learners.

  • Experience 250 hours of hands-on work with children before you even start student teaching.

  • Observe child behaviors and teaching techniques through access to five early childhood classrooms on campus.

  • Take part in clinical placements in UW-Stout’s Child and Family Study Center.

  • Have the option to add on Early Childhood Special Education certification with only five more classes and a fourth student teaching placement.

  • Enjoy the benefits of small class sizes.

  • Work with professors and advisers who care.

  • Network with your future colleagues by joining student organizations related to the teaching field.

  • Have the option to add on certification for grades 4-6 with only five more classes after completing student teaching.

You'll also have many opportunities beyond the classroom:

  • Meet new people

  • Make lifelong friends

  • Become involved in extracurricular activities


High School Preparation

To succeed in the Early Childhood Education program, it is important for you to take English, science, mathematics, social studies, art and music courses while in high school.


  • Public and Private School Teachers (Pre-school-third grade)

  • Head Start Director

  • Assistant Director

  • Infant/Toddler Teacher

  • Pre-K Teacher

  • Kindergarten Teacher

  • First Grade Teacher

  • Second Grade Teacher

  • Third Grade Teacher

Average salary for UW-Stout graduates in this major (2015–16) — $34,000

83% employed (2015-16)

View the Career Services Employment Report for more details, and see our "Stout Graduates at Work" page for more information.

Sample Freshman Schedule


  • Introduction to Early Childhood Programs
  • Math Course
  • General Psychology
  • Freshman English Composition or Honors
  • Nutrition for Healthy Living
  • Fundamentals of Speech


  • Freshman English Reading or Honors
  • Early United States History or Modern United States History
  • American Government
  • Fine Arts Elective

  • Tier 1 Block:
    • Human Development: Early Childhood
    • Infant/Toddler Education


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