Prepare to teach young children

This online program qualifies you to teach children ages birth to 5 in special education settings or children ages birth to 8 in regular education settings. Gain the skills you need to teach within infant toddler programs, 0-3 sixpence programs, early intervention, early Head Start, Head Start, preschools (public or private), early childhood special education, and K-3 classrooms. Through a combination of online courses and a supervised school-based field experience in partnership with Nebraska schools, you will be equipped for student teaching and a career in early childhood education.

Benefits of a Bachelor's Degree

Completing a bachelor’s degree qualifies you for additional job positions and careers. The median salary for those with bachelor’s degrees is 39% higher than for those with a high school diploma (no college experience) and 34% higher for those with some college but no degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Opportunities

  • In-service Teacher
  • Pre-school Assistant
  • Head Start Program Staff
  • Early Childhood Educator
Kristen Karlberg

As an undergrad, Kristen’s devotion to children and service was evident as she was a member of the Council on Family Relations and Operation Christmas Child, and served as a volunteer at the Kearney Area Animal Shelter and for the Service Learning Project in the Kearney area. Kristen says the instructors are a strength of UNK as they expect nothing less than your best and push each student to reach their fullest potential. This definitely made a difference in her life and pushed her to strive for her best in all that she does.

Kristen Karlberg

Family Studies