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How to Choose a Major: Early Childhood Education Edition

Updated: Mar 1


Deciding on a major is hard to do. With so many options, it can often be difficult to decide what is the best fit for you. To help make this decision easier for you, we have created a series highlighting the different majors in the McKay School! This blog post highlights the Early Childhood Education major.


Overview of the Major

The Early Childhood Education program prepares teachers to work in a variety of educational settings with young children, including preschool-3rd grade classrooms in public and private settings (K-3 Utah Teaching License). Program courses connect learning and development theories with developmentally appropriate practices that attend to children’s individuality, commonality, and contexts. Emphasis is placed on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion when working with children, families, and communities. All students have the opportunity to teach in the BYU Child and Family Studies Preschool/Kindergarten classrooms and public-school partnerships schools.

Career Options

Did you know that a degree in Early Childhood Education doesn't limit you to only teaching? Here are just a few examples of what you can do with an Early Childhood Education degree:

  • A K-3 teacher

  • An administrator (principal, superintendent, etc.)

  • A policy maker or advocate

  • A Direct Support Professional


Start Here

Ready to take that next step? Here is what you need to do to start the application process:


  1. Declare the Early Childhood Education Pre-Major. See a program advisor in the Education Advisement Center (EAC).

  2. Attend a program orientation meeting - pick up a flyer in 350 MCKB, or check the student calendar.

  3. Complete 2 courses:

    1. SFL 210 - Human Development

    2. ECE 200 - Foundations of Child Development

  4. Review GPA and ACT/SAT scores with a program advisor.


Click here to schedule an appointment with a student ambassador to learn more about early childhood education!

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