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If you enjoy working with children (birth through five years), their families, or their teachers, Early Childhood Education Non-Certification program is for you!  You will learn how to work with children and adults in classroom and non-classroom settings.

What You Can Teach

You can:

  • Care for and teach infants and toddlers in community child care programs
  • Teach preschool- and kindergarten-age children in private schools
  • Teach at Head Start (ages 3-5) or Early Head Start (prior to 3 years) programs
  • Supervise and manage a child care program as the director
  • Educate and train adults (parents and/or teachers) as an educational program consultant or coach in museums, local library children’s programs, home visitation programs, and state early childhood agencies
  • Evaluate and help improve child care program quality as state quality coach or technical assistance coach.


Program Contact Information

Dr. Jaesook Gilbert




Our NKU Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


Our NKU Early Childhood Programs were rated one of the most affordable by Discover Early Childhood EDU in 2021.

Beyond the Classroom

You will have opportunities to spend time in a variety of early childhood settings as you complete your course work.

You will be talking with and observing different professionals (e.g., classroom teacher, child care center administrator, home visitor, library story time child literacy specialist) as you learn to develop interactive, hands-on activities appropriate for children and adults.