If you enjoy working with children — birth through 5 years — with and without special needs, the Early Childhood Education program is for you! You will learn how to develop fun, hands-on activities and collaborate with adults (families and other professionals) to help young children develop and learn.

What You Can Teach

An early childhood education degree prepares students to:

  • Teach in community child care programs
  • Teach in private preschool and kindergarten classrooms
  • Teach at Head Start and Early Head Start
  • Work in a home visitation program
  • Be a child care program director
  • Be a program evaluator
  • Be an early childhood trainer
  • Be a parent educator
  • Be a lead Preschool or Kindergarten classroom teacher in public schools
  • Be an early interventionist working with children under age 3 with disabilities in First Steps (Kentucky’s early intervention system) or Help Me Grow (Ohio)

Program Contact Information

Dr. Roland Sintos Coloma
Chair and Professor, Department of Teacher Education



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


Beyond the Classroom

You will have opportunities to spend time in a variety of early childhood settings, getting to know what it is like to be a classroom teacher, child care center administrator, home visitor, library story time child literacy specialist, and so much more.

In your courses, you will interview early childhood teachers and administrators, observe children ages birth – 5 years, and conduct projects with young children.