Birth through Kindergarten Non-Teaching (BS)

At FSU, we help prepare you to be dynamic, knowledgeable, caring, and reflective practitioners who are dedicated to facilitating learning for all children.

Why Choose Birth-to-Kindergarten Non-Teaching Degree?

If you enjoy working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, then this degree is for you! You will have an opportunity to choose a concentration in a selected area in addition to your major education courses. Several of the courses are offered online, which meets the needs of our students who work full-time. If you have a two-year degree in early childhood from a community college, this program provides an opportunity for you to earn a Bachelor's Degree.

The program prepares childcare workers who will nurture and care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in nursery schools, preschools, kindergartens, private households, and before-and after- school programs that do not require a North Carolina Teaching License. This program is designed for persons who desire to facilitate a child's developmental and socialization skills directly or work with families to do so. The increase in the number of child care facilities in Cumberland County ensures the availability of childcare jobs will continue to grow, as more and more often both parents remain in the workforce during a child's early years. In addition, the public's increased understanding of the importance of early education will cause additional children to be enrolled in preschool and day care centers. This program will prepare persons to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are consistent with high quality early care and education.

Our Accreditation

The Birth through Kindergarten teaching and non-teaching programs in the Department of Elementary Education earned national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Higher Education Accreditation Commission.

What Will You Learn?

You will graduate from this program with the ability to be a knowledgeable, caring, and reflective practitioner; you will also demonstrate an understanding of:

  • child development and learning
  • family and community relationships
  • research-based developmentally appropriate instructional strategies
  • observing, documenting, and assessing the learning of young children
  • developing meaningful curriculum
  • leading in the classroom and in the schools
  • appropriate accommodations and strategies for diverse learner
  • instructional strategies that are responsive to all learner needs
  • ethical and professional behavior
  • integrating technology to enhance instruction

What Minors are Available?

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

What Can You Do With a B.S. degree in Birth to Kindergarten Non-Teaching?

  • Lead Teacher in North Carolina Pre-K Programs
  • Day Care Provider
  • Private Day Care
  • Youth Organizations
  • Pursue Advanced Degrees