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Applying to the Early Childhood Education Program

Updated: Jul 5

The process of applying to a program can seem daunting here at BYU, but at the McKay School of Education, we want to make sure you feel prepared and ready to apply to the Early Childhood Education program. One thing that makes this application less daunting is the fact that the ECE Program is an open major, meaning that everyone who applies and completes the requirements will be accepted! There are application deadlines in the Fall, Winter, and Summer to start the program in the following semester. The specific deadline dates will be released as they become available.

Let's break down the application process for you! (At any point, if you would like to start applying or check on your own application, follow this link. All of these steps we are about to share can also be found here.) Before starting the application process, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to get more information about the application process and all of the steps! This is just a quick overview of the process so you know what to expect!

First, let's start by declaring your pre-major online by completing the following steps:

  • Go to

  • Sign in with your Net ID and password

  • In the "Tools" section on the left-hand side of the screen, select "Change Major Request"

  • Click "Request a change of major"

  • Choose your desired pre-major from the drop-down

  • Check the applicable boxes and click "Submit." It may take a few days for your request to be processed

  • You can also contact the Advisement Center by phone, email, or in-person to declare your pre-major. Find ways to contact your advisor or schedule an appointment here.

Helpful Tip: Although attending an orientation meeting is not mandatory, it can be very helpful. You can either pick up a flyer in 350 MCKB or check the student calendar.

Second, let's focus on the prerequisite courses required. Before (or concurrently with) applying, complete the following 2 courses:

  • SFL 210 (Human Development)

  • EL ED 200 (Introduction to Elementary Education)

After the first two steps have been completed, you are ready to apply! To start your application:

  • Log in to

  • Select the “Applications” tab

  • Select “Start a New Application”

  • Fill out basic information and complete required tasks

It is important to note that the program has certain educational requirements to apply. One of these is a 3.0 high school or college GPA (whichever is most recent).

You are also required to meet basic skill requirements in order to be accepted into the ECE program. These are determined through ACT and SAT scores (including writing), but there are ways to make up for not reaching requirements. Contact your academic advisor to learn more about these requirements and what make up options are available in place of ACT and SAT scores if necessary.

Now that you have ensured you meet the requirements and have started your application, it's time for your fingerprint/background check!

  • To do this, first, fill out the background check linked in the application. Then, take the background check sheet, your social security card, and a photo ID with you to MCKB 350 where your fingerprints will be taken. The whole process only takes around 10 minutes and costs $10 (charged to your financial account). You can learn more about the fingerprinting process in this video by the McKay School!

Once all of that is completed, all that remains is waiting! You will receive an email to confirm that you have been accepted to the program, and the advisement center will remove your pre-major status and add the major to your records. Then you're ready to dive right in to the ECE program!

We hope this was helpful to you as you plan ahead for your major! Feel free to schedule an appointment with a student ambassador (here) or your academic advisor if you have any questions. Can't wait to see you around the McKay School!

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