Students who major in Early Childhood Education complete courses concentrating on the development and education of young children. This program leads to state certification for teaching children in nursery school, kindergarten, and grades one, two, and three. The study focuses students on (a) developing an understanding of the unique characteristics and needs of pre-primary and primary level children, (b) learning to assess emerging skills, and (c) planning and executing learning activities appropriate for young learners at various stages of development. Early Childhood majors complete twelve semester hours in each of these areas: Science, mathematics, social studies, and language arts. The student who majors in Early Childhood Education will gain practical experiences with pre-kindergarten through third grade children before and during the student teaching experience.