The mission of the Early Childhood Education program is to teach and empower educators and leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education. The focus in this program is on educating teachers to be careful and open-minded observers who develop early learning curriculum and programs with the child in mind; thus, the child is at the center of the program, and the source of study.
The program is committed to establishing a theoretical foundation based on research in the field of early childhood education that is combined with practical experiences to prepare professionals who will:
1. Encourage the child’s natural curiosity and exploration of the environment;
2. Develop an understanding of human diversity and recognize its value in a community of learners;
3. Become reflective in their approach to teaching and leadership;
4. Develop supportive and productive learning environments for children, teachers, parents, and support staff;
5. Integrate knowledge of children with special needs into curriculum and program development.
UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.
International Student Requirements:
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.