The bachelor's degree distance program in early childhood education is designed for students who wish to work in early education programs in administrative or teaching positions, including work with parents and community agencies, as well as with young children, aged birth through kindergarten. The Kansas State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has approved K-State's early childhood education preservice program. Students completing the early childhood education program in the Department of Applied Human Sciences are eligible for licensure by the Kansas State Department of Education in early childhood unified, birth through kindergarten. Program degree requirements are subject to change to meet licensure requirements. The early childhood unified, birth through kindergarten, license combines early childhood education and early childhood special education content knowledge and pedagogy in one blended preservice teacher education program.
To complete the ECE program, students must have full admission into the teacher education program. K-State offers 72 hours of general education and professional teacher education courses through distance education. Up to 62 credit hours of additional course work may be completed at the local community college level and transferred, as applicable, to meet K-State degree requirements.