We offer a rigorous academic program, combining knowledge of child development with early childhood education and early childhood special education.

The Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Licensure Concentration prepares students to teach in public kindergarten, N.C. Pre-K, and Head Start. Upon degree completion students will be eligible for N.C. licensure.

The Student Experience

  • Experienced and committed faculty teach, advise, and mentor students in this innovative interdisciplinary program which includes the departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services
  • Classroom-based experiences in inclusive early childhood settings/classrooms provide students hands-on applied experiences with a mentor teacher
  • Students can gain research experience by working with faculty on a variety of projects related to current issues and topics related to young children’s development and education and their families

After Graduation

ECDE Majors, Early Education Professionals, Can….

Work directly with children as

· NC Pre-K teachers (BK licensure required)

· Kindergarten teachers in public schools (BK licensure required)

· Teachers in community early education programs working with infants, toddlers, or preschool age children including Head Start

· Teachers in specialized educational programs providing instruction and supports that are designed to meet the unique needs and abilities of children

· Assistant teachers in all of these settings

Work with and for families in

· Smart Start & N.C. Partnership for Children

or as

· parents as teachers, family liaisons, parent referral counselors, and family and community resource professionals

Work to support early education professionals as

· Directors or coordinators in early education program

· Training Coordinators

· Resource Center Specialists

· Quality Enhancement Specialists – providing coaching to early childhood teachers.

· School-Age Specialists – Professional development specialists or trainers that help teachers and administrators develop, plan, and achieve continuous learning goals.

· Behavior Specialists – specializes in understanding and treating behavioral issues in children.

· Infant/Toddler Specialists – develop, coordinate, and support high quality programs to support early development and learning.

Additional Information

Also explore the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) an agency which touches the lives of virtually every North Carolinian from infants to senior. The Division of Child Development and Early Education DCDEE focuses specifically on childcare in North Carolina.

Online Degree Completion Students

2Plus Program

The 2Plus program in Early Childhood Development and Education is designed for students who have a two-year Associate’s degree (AAS) in early childhood education from a participating North Carolina Community College. The mission of the 2Plus program is to help community college graduates transfer to UNC Greensboro with Advanced standing and pursue a specific major at UNC Greensboro. See the Articulation Agreement (PDF) for details about the program.

Programs of study in the department are interdisciplinary, requiring a synthesis of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences, early childhood general education, and early childhood special education.

  • Admission into this program is for Fall and Spring semesters only.
    • Application deadlines are July 15 (for Fall semester admissions) and December 1 (for Spring semester admissions).
    • Students must accept their admissions offers by July 21 (for Fall semester admissions) and December 21 (for Spring semester admissions).
Child Care Education Program teacher interacts with her students

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Class Type

  • Main Campus
  • Hybrid
  • Online Degree Completion
Anne Fletcher, Undergraduate Director

Anne Fletcher

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Undergraduate Director