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Bachelor of Science in Birth–Kindergarten Education

Do you dream of teaching young children and helping shape the next generation of learners and leaders? If so, earning a BS in birth–kindergarten education from Winston-Salem State University is the first step on your journey to making a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Our rigorous, interdisciplinary birth through kindergarten teaching program will prepare you to work with children from all backgrounds in a wide variety of exciting settings, including public schools, developmental centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, daycare centers and other organizations serving children and families. As graduates of one of the best birth through kindergarten teaching programs in the country, our alumni are in high demand in early childhood education programs in North Carolina and around the nation.

Birth–Kindergarten Education degree options at Winston-Salem State University

Tailor your WSSU education to your career goals by selecting one of the three concentrations in the birth–kindergarten education program:

Teacher Licensure | Administration and Leadership | Early Intervention and Preschool

All three programs provide foundational knowledge and skills in child development, early childhood education and interacting with parents: No matter which concentration is best for you, you’ll take unique courses that prepare you for your dream career.

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Earn Your Birth–Kindergarten Education Degree at Winston-Salem State University

When you choose to study birth through kindergarten teaching at WSSU, you’ll benefit from a world-class education built around hands-on experiences that apply the latest theories in childhood learning. Our distinguished faculty have taught undergraduates for years and have real-world expertise as teachers and leaders in preschools and kindergartens.

Get hands-on experience teaching kindergarten and earlier

When you graduate from our birth–kindergarten education program, you’ll have many hours of experience working with young children and their families in real schools and agencies. Internships and a family studies practicum give you opportunities to craft a robust resume and create meaningful stories to share during job interviews.

Caring and industry-connected faculty

Our experienced faculty are dedicated to student-centered learning and they’re ready to help you succeed as a birth–kindergarten teacher and leader.

Earn your degree on your terms

We’ve designed our birth–kindergarten education degree to give you the flexibility and freedom to study on your own schedule. Whether you’re a working professional or caring for a family, you can choose from WSSU’s online and hybrid formats — so you never have to choose between work, family and education.

What You Can Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Birth–Kindergarten Education

A BS in birth–kindergarten teaching degree is perfect if you’re interested in teaching kindergarten or earlier, running a childcare facility or leading a team of educators. At WSSU we provide a balanced combination of theory and real-world practice that will prepare you for a huge variety of exciting and fast-growing teaching and leadership careers.

Our program also prepares you to continue your birth–kindergarten teaching education in top graduate programs, where you’ll further hone your skills and interests.

The teaching and leadership careers you can look forward to include:

Career outlook for Birth–Kindergarten Education graduates

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for kindergarten teachers will grow 7% over the next decade, adding more than 124,000 new openings. Preschool teachers can expect an even better outlook, with an 18% growth in employment over the next decade.

Explore Classes for the Birth–Kindergarten Education Degree

As a birth–kindergarten education program major at WSSU, you’ll build a solid foundation in topics such as language and communication disorders, classroom management and curriculum development. You’ll also master fundamental skills, including creative problem solving, collaboration, communication and more.

Here are just some core courses of the birth–kindergarten education program:

View the full birth–kindergarten education program requirements and course catalog.

Your Experience as a Birth–Kindergarten Education Major at Winston-Salem State

Student Life at WSSU

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Support and Resources Available to You

There are many reasons why Winston-Salem State University is consistently ranked among the best HBCUs in the country. For example, we foster an exceptionally diverse community of students, alumni and faculty — who are all dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and social justice. Learn more about student life at WSSU and student organizations you can get involved in, as well as The Ideas Lab @ The College, where you can collaborate with and get inspired by your peers.

When you choose to give back to the community by teaching kindergarten or preschool, the cost of your education shouldn’t get in the way of that dream. At WSSU we take pride in our commitment to helping future preschool and kindergarten teachers afford their degree. In fact, 90% of our students receive a scholarship or other financial support to help pay for college.

Learn more about financial aid options at WSSU.

As a birth–kindergarten education major at WSSU, you’ll be part of our “Ramily” — an extraordinary community of advisors and peers who will help you excel from your first day to well beyond graduation.

Our Career Development Services will work with you at every stage of your journey to become a preschool or kindergarten teacher. They provide you with resources to build confidence and professional skills.

Learn more about the Department of Education.

Take the Next Step

Choosing to earn your BS in birth–kindergarten education at WSSU means choosing to follow your passion for teaching — and investing in the next generation of learners. Most of all, it means choosing to #BeTheNext inspiring kindergarten teacher, director or administrator.

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