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School of Education Early Childhood Education Degree


Help children create a strong educational foundation

Students who choose to become early childhood educators (birth-third grade license) have a passion for working with young children and helping them develop and grow. Students in the early childhood education program at UW-Stevens Point learn key strategies not only to teach young children, but also to work collaboratively with their families in family-centered, culturally-responsive and developmentally-appropriate settings. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor’s degree and Wisconsin teaching licenses in Early Childhood grades Pre-kindergarten through third grade. Our graduates are well prepared to engage student in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum and use student data to inform instruction.

In addition to a major in early childhood education, students are encouraged to minor in early childhood special education (PreK-3rd grade Early Childhood Special Education license) or double major in elementary education (K-9 Elementary and Middle license) or any one of a number of minors or certificates. 

Early Childhood Education

Why study Early Childhood Education at UW-Stevens Point?

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list. 
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Field Experiences

The responsibility of the Office of Field Experiences is to provide quality field experiences for students enrolled in the teacher education program at UW-Stevens Point. These experiences, such as student teaching, involve our students and instructors in practical activities with cooperating teachers and administrators in actual schools and educational agencies.
Hired Before Graduation
Early Childhood Education

Hired Before Graduation

Kacey Koch ’22

Kacey Koch was hired before graduation at Iola-Scandinavia Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher.

Ranked #2 in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, the education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been ranked second in the nation according to
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Community and Centers

Through many School of Education centers and programs, our students may observe the development process in young children and then apply principles discussed in teaching method classes to real life situations.
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Alumni Map

Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point School of Education alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow UWSP teacher near you? Start with our map.
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What to Expect?

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high career success. They are responsive to the needs of their students and positively impact our diverse world. See where our graduates are working on our  alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated, and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, and Student Council for Exceptional Children.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools, and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.
Sarah Beaulieu

Sarah Beaulieu

  • Assistant Professor – School of Education
  • Program Director – Early Childhood Education
  • Gesell Institute Liaison
Amber Garbe

Amber Garbe

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • Reading Director
  • Reading Methods & Elementary Social Studies Methods
Stacy Gray

Stacy Gray

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • Co-adviser – UWSP Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC)
Jesse Mossholder

Jesse Mossholder

  • Associate Lecturer – Education


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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.