Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Would you like a career where every day you have an opportunity to positively shape and impact the lives of children and their families?  If so, consider being an early childhood or elementary teacher! Learn the knowledge, skills, and dispositions you'll need to become a high-quality teacher from experienced faculty with public school experience.  Our CAEP-accredited programs will help you achieve your academic goals. We look forward to the possibility of teaching you soon!

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education offers baccalaureate degrees in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (birth through kindergarten) or in Elementary Education (kindergarten through fifth grade). Throughout these programs you will have the opportunity to apply what you've learned through 200 hours of field experiences observing classrooms, teaching children, and assisting teachers.
Earn a degree in Elementary Education or Interdisciplinary Early Childhood education at the Murray campus or one of our regional campus sites in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah. If you are currently attending a community college in this region, rest assured that Murray State University has collaborated with our academic partners to provide a smooth transition as you work toward a bachelor's degree. Once you successfully complete the bachelor’s program in Elementary Education or Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, you are eligible for Kentucky teacher certification.

Graduate Programs

After you have completed the baccalaureate degree, expand your knowledge and enhance your career through our graduate programs, including a Master of Arts in Education degree in Reading and Writing (leading to a literacy specialist endorsement P-12), Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education certification programs, the Ed.S. in Teacher Education and Professional Development, or an area of endorsement in Instructional Computer Technology.

Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees


Dr. Lynn Patterson
Department Chair
3223 Alexander Hall
Murray, KY 42071