Early Childhood Education


As an Early Childhood Education major, you’ll prepare to teach young children in an elementary school settings (K-6). You will focus on appropriate teaching styles for young learners, while
gaining significant experience in the diverse range of teaching settings and garnering certification in high need areas, such as Special Education and Bilingual Education.

  • Take field trips again when you help young children in informal environments.
  • Your education curriculum includes coursework and integrated teaching in the field, both grounded in well-developed theory and research.
  • Broaden your perspective with teaching experiences in Fort Worth’s urban schools or in international settings like Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden,
    Switzerland, and The Netherlands.
  • Learn alongside teachers working with children diagnosed with learning differences and Down syndrome in TCU’s distinctive 40-year-old Starpoint School, or Kinderfrogs School.

Course Examples by Year


Academic Core Requirements


Academic Core Requirements
Critical Investigation of Teaching
Introduction to Educational Technology
Child Development
Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Math for Elementary Teachers
Science for Elementary Teachers
Children’s Literature and Literacy


Educational Psychology
Creative Thinking: Play
Creative Thinking: Social Studies
Creative Thinking: Math I and Math II
Creative Thinking: Science
Creative Thinking: Writing
Study of Exceptional Students
Elementary Curriculum: Reading
Elementary Curriculum: English as a Second Language or Special Education


Professional Practice Seminar
Learner-Centered Teaching: Assessment
Learner-Centered Teaching: Families
Learner-Centered Teaching: Foundations
Professional Induction: Internship
Classroom Management

Where Graduates Go

TCU Education students have a consistent 98 percent pass rate on state certification exams and are highly recruited by schools across the state and country.