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If you enjoy working with children (birth through five years) with and without special needs, the Early Childhood Education program is for you! You will learn how to develop fun, hands-on activities and collaborate with adults (families and other professionals) to help young children develop and learn.

What You Can Teach

  • Teach in community child care programs
  • Teach in private preschool and kindergarten classrooms
  • Teach at Head Start and Early Head Start
  • Work in a home visitation program
  • Be a child care program director
  • Be a program evaluator
  • Be an early childhood trainer
  • Be a Quality Coach for Kentucky ALL STARS (Kentucky’s early childhood rating system)
  • Be a parent educator
  • Be a lead Preschool or Kindergarten classroom teacher in public schools
  • Be an early interventionist working with children under age 3 with disabilities in First Steps (Kentucky’s early intervention system) or Help Me Grow (Ohio)
  • Be a District Child Evaluations Specialist helping to determine eligibility for the Kentucky’s early intervention system

Program Contact Information

Ms. Lesley Webster
Specialist, Graduate Education



Our NKU Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.



You will have opportunities to further develop your teaching proficiency as you spend time in a variety of early childhood settings through your coursework and field work.

You will have opportunities to learn about evidence based curriculum and teaching strategies; interview early childhood teachers, administrators, and other related professionals; observe children ages birth – 5 years, and conduct projects with young children and their families.