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
Sharon Obasi

"Online teaching is an exhilarating, dynamic, and collaborative process: an ongoing conversation between all participants. My enthusiasm and active commitment to teaching work in concert to engage, challenge, and inspire growth in all students. Rather than retrofitting a course in response to a specific need, I intentionally craft my courses using the principles of universal design for learning (UDL): (1) engagement, (2) representation, and (3) expression, thus giving students of all abilities an equitable opportunity to succeed."


Sharon Obasi

Family Science

Associate Professor and Program Chair

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