B.S. Early Childhood Education

Do you enjoy working with children?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Children are the foundation for a bright future. It’s never too early to start giving them the tools they need to be successful. If you've always enjoyed working with children, our program will give you the skills to make a career from your dreams. 

  • 250 hours of hands-on work with children before you even start student teaching
  • Small class sizes 
  • Real-world experience in child care facilities on and off-campus
  • Strong advisement from faculty 
  • ECE license can be expanded to include Grades 4-6 or Early Childhood Special Education
  • 120 credits means you can graduate in four years

Add-On Concentration

  • Early Childhood – Middle Childhood (Birth - Grade 6)
    As of Fall 2022, the Middle Childhood certification is no longer available for new students due to licensure changes at the WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
UW-Stout's B.S. Early Childhood Education degree gives you real-world experiences in childcare. Our hands-on learning environments include childcare facilities on and off-campus. / UW-Stout

As an Early Childhood Education major at UW-Stout, you'll become certified to teach birth through third grade in Wisconsin. Our experience tenured faculty have established a caring community of learners. You will experience 250 hours of hands-on work with children before you even start student teaching. You can network with your future colleagues by joining student organizations related to the teaching field.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Infant and Toddler Education Lab

The Infant and Toddler Education Lab at UW-Stout is a certified childcare center for the university staff, students, and the Menomonie community. Students in the School of Education's Early Childhood Education program provide childcare for children ages 0-3. Aaron Wisecup, a senior in ECE, assists in and teaches children for nine weeks during the semester.

"We really focus on teaching the children self-help skills and social and emotional skills, like learning to share toys, take turns, and asking friends if they are hurt," Wisecup said.

Working alongside other student staff and experienced faculty, and watching the children progress gives students the necessary experience to benefit in their future teaching careers.

Child and Family Study Center

UW-Stout’s Child and Family Study Center will provide many opportunities to observe child behaviors. Our five early childhood classrooms are the perfect setting to learn teaching techniques.

You can add the Early Childhood Special Education certification with only five more classes and a fourth student teaching placement for licensure outside of WI.

"Stout has provided so many opportunities for me that I did not know were possible. All within a short two years, and before the start of student teaching, my confidence has grown as well as my passion for teaching."

-- Ana Jane Schuerstedt
B.S. Early Childhood Education

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B.S. Early Childhood Education Online

If you're a working adult who enjoys working with children, our online program will give you the skills to make a career from your dreams.
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Admission Requirements

New First-Year Students

  • There are no additional requirements for new first-year students.

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from the last institution attended.

Students who meet this requirement will be admitted to the university in their chosen Education major. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements. Additional information can be found at the School of Education website.

Students whose cumulative GPA is lower than the 2.75 will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis for admission consideration.

Career Opportunities


  • Public and Private School Teachers (Pre-school-third grade)
  • Head Start Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Pre-K Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Third Grade Teacher

Stout Graduates at Work

  • Starting preschool program » Lime Springs and Ridgeway, Iowa
  • Starting 4K program » Ellsworth, Wisconsin
  • First Grade Teacher » Almond-Bancroft, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Elementary Teacher » Denver, Colorado
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Frederick, Wisconsin
  • First Grade Teacher » Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Bloomer, Wisconsin
  • Third Grade Teacher » Almena, Wisconsin
  • 4K Teacher » Mosinee, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Third Grade Teacher » Stanley-Boyd, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Eleva-Strum, Wisconsin
  • First Grade Teacher » Cokato, Minnesota
  • Pre-K Teacher » Shell Lake, Wisconsin
  • Elementary Teacher » Alaska
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • 4K Teacher » Baraboo, Wisconsin
  • Pre-K Teacher » Plum City, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Teacher for Teach For America » South Dakota
  • First Grade Teacher » East Central Schools, Minnesota
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Arizona
  • First Grade Teacher » Spooner, Wisconsin
  • 4K Teacher » Madison, Wisconsin
  • Second Grade Teacher » Colby, Wisconsin
  • Second Grade Teacher » Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Kindergarten Teacher » Coolidge, Arizona
ECE Advisory Committee

2020 ECE Advisory Committee

James  Arenz   Advisement Center
Lindsay  Barnhart Program Director ECE
Nikki  Bresina Director KIDSusa
Amber Carlsrud   Barron Public Schools
Beth  Comstock First Grade Teacher Barron Public Schools
Tracy  DeRusha   Office of Field Experiences
Allison  Feller   Director CFSC
Angela Gilbertson   Instructional Specialist
Lisa  Jasper Myer Third Grade Teacher Wakanda Elementary, Menomonie School District
Carol  Johnson   Associate Dean (SOE)
Maggie Keenan   Instructional Specialist
Jill Klefstad   ECE faculty
Theresa Kohlmier   ECE faculty
Ruth  Nyland   CEHHHS/SCOPE
Chris Peterson   Department Chair (SCOPE)
Kathy  Preusse Teacher Chippewa Valley Technical College
Robert Salt   Dean (CEHHHS)
Lori  Smith Principal Oak Lawn Elementary, Menomonie School District
Sapna  Thapa   ECE faculty
Linda Young   Admissions - Transfers and Articulation
Joseph  Zawicky Kindergradten Teacher Augusts Schools
Student Organizations

​​​​Student Organizations

Stout Association for the Education of Young Children
Assists professionals working with young children - and others interested in the lives of young children — to better understand children's needs.    

Aspiring Educators of Wisconsin (AEW)
Develops understanding and appreciation for the education profession

Professional Licensure Requirements

​​​This program is designed to meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the state of Wisconsin. Professional licensure/certification prerequisites vary from state to state, and we are not able to determine whether our program meets prerequisites in other states. If you intend to work in another state, contact that state's regulatory authority to determine if our program will meet the licensure/certification requirements, and contact the UW-Stout Program Director for assistance. Please see the following website for additional information.

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