WSSU online Birth to Kindergarten Education program ranked top 25 in the nation

Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) Birth through Kindergarten Education (BKE) program has been ranked as one of the top 25 online early childhood education programs in the nation.

“We selected the online degree programs based on the quality of the program, types of courses offered, faculty, awards, rankings and reputation,” said Clifford Kvidahl, senior communications director for TheBestSchools.org, who created the “Best Online Bachelor in Early Childhood Education” rankings, which were released in June.

WSSU is one of only two North Carolina universities to make the list. The BKE program offers three concentrations: Teacher Licensure, Business Optional, and Early Intervention and Preschool.

“We are excited to learn that the online BKE program received this national ranking by TheBestSchools.org,” said Dr. Beth Day-Hairston, chair of the Department of Education at WSSU. “The program has served the Winston-Salem community for many years. We hope that this national recognition will help to increase the number of students who enroll in our program and help to meet the growing demand of early childhood professionals.”

WSSU’s BKE program began in fall of 1999 under the leadership of Dr. Claudia Warren, who recently retired in December 2016.

The online option is extremely attractive to working professionals, Day-Hairston said.

A bold past. A brilliant future.

For 125 years, Winston-Salem State University has fostered the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. Join us in celebrating our 125th anniversary with events throughout 2017. Learn more at the 125th Anniversary website.

Dr. Beth Day-Hairston

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