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Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Dual Major (Licensure)

Early childhood is when many children are identified as having exceptional needs. This major will give you the skills to work with all children and can also lead to opportunities to work as a resource for others in the field.

The in-demand dual major will prepare you to:

  • Teach typically developing children in a preschool or school setting.
  • Teach children with special needs and disabilities from birth to age 5 within an agency or public school.

Program Benefits

Our faculty have extensive real-world experiences in their respective areas of expertise including classroom teaching, clinical supervision, public school administration, program development, and consultation.

We prepare teachers who are culturally responsive and committed to social justice through engagement with the community.

Our program includes intensive field experiences in a variety of settings. Most courses immerse students in practicum or service-learning opportunities, culminating in exciting student teaching options.

Our programs offer real-world applications and immersive learning projects, in which you'll gain valuable, hands-on experience working alongside community organizations such as museums, childcare centers, and community agencies.

You also have a variety of opportunities to travel and learn, including studying abroad in England and student teaching in Texas or Germany.

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Major Requirements

A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in the early childhood and early childhood special education (dual major) blends our University Core Curriculum with professional education classes and specialized electives to round out your degree.

During your junior year, you must be admitted to the teaching curriculum with a "C" or better on identified courses and a 3.0 GPA.

You must also complete all licensing requirements as directed by the Indiana Department of Education.

Total Credits



A few of the courses you will take include:

  • Family and Community Relations
  • Creative Experiences for Young Children
  • Early Childhood Language Arts
  • Legal and Procedural Foundations of Special Education
  • Developmental Methods for Preschool Children with Exceptional Needs
  • Technology in Education

For a complete list of all courses, their descriptions, and other requirements, please see our Course Catalog.

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Practicum and Student Teaching

You will participate in a supervised teaching practicum class working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.

You'll also participate in a semester of student teaching in both pre-kindergarten and K-3 settings during your final semester.

These experiences will give you a planned, supervised environment where you will demonstrate the knowledge, performance, and dispositions you learned in your Ball State classes. Learn more.

Paying for Your Education

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