B.S. Early Childhood Education

Do you enjoy working with children?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Delivery On Campus

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, our program will give you the skills to make a career from your dreams. 

  • 250 hours of hands-on work with children before you even start student teaching
  • Small class sizes 
  • Real-world experience in child care facilities on and off-campus
  • Strong advisement from faculty 
  • ECE license can be expanded to include Grades 4-6 or Early Childhood Special Education
  • 120 credits means you can graduate in four years

Add-On Concentrations

  • Early Childhood – Special Education (Birth - Grade 3)
  • Early Childhood – Middle Childhood (Birth - Grade 6)
The University of Wisconsin-Stout's Early Childhood Education Program takes a developmental approach to learning. / UW-Stout

As an Early Childhood Education major at UW-Stout, you'll become certified to teach birth through third grade in Wisconsin. Our experience tenured faculty have established a caring community of learners. You will experience 250 hours of hands-on work with children before you even start student teaching. You can network with your future colleagues by joining student organizations related to the teaching field.

Teachable moments

When Sara "Sally" Sally Keis was a freshman at University of Wisconsin-Stout, she felt overwhelmed and wished she could talk to upper classmen in her major.
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UW-Stout’s Child and Family Study Center will provide many opportunities to observe child behaviors. Our five early childhood classrooms are the perfect setting to learn teaching techniques.

You can add the Early Childhood Special Education certification with only five more classes and a fourth student teaching placement. The Middle Childhood certification can be added with only five more classes after completing student teaching.

Career Opportunities



  • 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

Stout Graduates at Work

  • Starting preschool program » Lime Springs and Ridgeway, Iowa
  • Starting 4K program » Ellsworth, Wisconsin
  • First Grade Teacher » Almond-Bancroft, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Elementary Teacher » Denver, Colorado
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Frederick, Wisconsin
  • First Grade Teacher » Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Bloomer, Wisconsin
  • Third Grade Teacher » Almena, Wisconsin
  • 4K Teacher » Mosinee, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Third Grade Teacher » Stanley-Boyd, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Eleva-Strum, Wisconsin
  • First Grade Teacher » Cokato, Minnesota
  • Pre-K Teacher » Shell Lake, Wisconsin
  • Elementary Teacher » Alaska
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • 4K Teacher » Baraboo, Wisconsin
  • Pre-K Teacher » Plum City, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Teacher for Teach For America » South Dakota
  • First Grade Teacher » East Central Schools, Minnesota
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Arizona
  • First Grade Teacher » Spooner, Wisconsin
  • 4K Teacher » Madison, Wisconsin
  • Second Grade Teacher » Colby, Wisconsin
  • Second Grade Teacher » Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Coolidge, Arizona
Admission Requirements

New Freshmen

  • There are no additional requirements for new freshmen.

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from the last institution attended.

Students who meet this requirement will be admitted to the university as a Pre-Education major. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements. Additional information can be found at the School of Education website.

ECE Advisory Board

2018 ECE Advisory Board

  • Sapna Thapa, Program Director
  • James Arenz, Advisement Center
  • Lindsay Barnhart, CEHHS/TLL
  • Nikki Bresina, Director, KIDSusa
  • Amber Carlsrud, Barron Public Schools
  • Beth Comstock, First Grade Teacher, Barron Public Schools
  • Tracy DeRusha, Office of Field Experience
  • Becky Evan, HeadStart
  • Allison Feller, Interim Director CFSC
  • Angela Gilbertson, Instruction Specialist
  • James Handley, CAHS
  • Carol Johnson, Associate Dean (SOE)
  • Maggie Keenan, Instruction Specialist
  • Jill Klefstad, ECE faculty
  • Theresa Kohlmier, ECE faculty
  • Dylan Lubs, SOE ambassador
  • Jase Meyer, Graduate Assistant, ECE
  • Lisa Jasper Myer, Third Grade Teacher, Oak Lawn Elementary, Menomonie School District
  • Ruth Nyland, CEHHS/SCOPE
  • Chris Peterson, Department Chair (SCOPE)
  • Kathy Preusse, Teacher, Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Robert Salt, Dean (CEHHHS)
  • Ana Schuerstedt, Student Ambassador, ECE
  • Lori Smith, Principal, Oak Lawn Elementary, Menomonie School District
  • Linda Young, Admissions - Transfers and Articulation
  • Joseph Zawicky, Kindergradten Teacher, Augusts Schools
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