Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education 

Learn how to help children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade develop the academic skills and habits that support a lifetime of learning. Earn the Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education (PreK through grade 4) and become an elementary school teacher.

Completing this degree program will equip you to

  • address and prevent learning difficulties for children with special needs;
  • assess student learning in a variety of ways;
  • deliver effective literacy, mathematics, science and social studies instruction;
  • learn best practices for both native and non-native English speakers;
  • master curriculum design for all students; and
  • understand child development in depth.

You start fieldwork as early as your second year. Field experiences require you to observe effective, engaging classroom management firsthand. You will practice instructing individuals, small groups and the entire classroom. Learn more about fieldwork

Finish your program by completing a year-long student teaching experience under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and the supervision of Temple faculty.


You can focus on Early Childhood Education or you can opt for the following concentration.

  • Special Education

    Earn dual certification in elementary education and special education (Pre-K through grade 8) by learning to use evidence-based practice to teach students with diverse abilities. Work directly with children before and during student teaching, and learn to create the best environments for different learning styles. 

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Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to successfully complete state certification exams, allowing you to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Learn more about certification.

education student working with a young learner in elementary school classroom

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+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

Temple also offers accelerated +1 Bachelor-Master programs. Qualifying students earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one five-year course of study instead of the usual six years. Explore the accelerated option specifically for Early Childhood Education majors, the Early Childhood Education (BSEd) and Special Education (MEd) accelerated program.

Learn more about the College of Education’s +1 accelerated degree programs.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science in Education offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student groups provides peer support and future professional contacts. It also presents opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations such as

  • Be The Change, an organization that provides education and healthcare services to communities in North Philadelphia and overseas;
  • Black Diamonds Union, which works to celebrate and disseminate education about black culture at Temple University and in Philadelphia’s wider urban community;
  • College of Education Student Council, a group that provides students with leadership opportunities and a chance to effect change;   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K through grade 5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, as well as academic, emotional and social support;
  • Jumpstart, a national early education organization that trains students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods;
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence and a network for those who are committed to teaching;
  • The Petey Greene Program at Temple University, an organization that supports prisoner education by training volunteers to provide weekly tutoring sessions to inmates in four correctional facilities in Philadelphia;
  • Temple University - Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth (TU-STUDY), a group that assists children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area with advising, tutoring and other kinds of support in overcoming learning challenges;
  • Temple Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which increases esteem for educational professions among teacher candidates, constructively affects the process of teacher education and represents students regarding these issues; and
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011


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