Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Make a difference.
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.
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
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.
Kentucky teacher certification
Once you successfully complete the bachelor’s program in Elementary Education or Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, you are eligible for Kentucky teacher certification.
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
- Ed.S. in Teacher Education and Professional Development
- Endorsement in Instructional Computer Technology.
Affordable Master's programs
Our graduate tuition rates are competitive. A graduate degree is an investment that increases your earning potential and can advance your career.