Early Childhood Education Degree Programs in Louisville, KY

Dec 09, 2018

The Louisville, KY, area has a couple of schools that offer early childhood education programs within about 55 miles of downtown. Learn about the program and admission requirements for these two colleges to make an informed education decision.

Louisville Early Childhood Education Schools

Prospective students interested in earning a degree in early childhood education have two schools, with a total of three campuses, to choose from in the Louisville, Kentucky, area. Get information on the coursework and fieldwork requirements for each program before taking a look at the table of school statistics.

  • Located about three miles from the center of the city, the University of Louisville (UofL) is a state-sponsored research institution and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. UofL offers students a specialized bachelor's and master's degree program in early childhood education through its College of Education and Human Development.
  • Ivy Tech Community College's Southern Indiana (Sellersburg, IN) and Southeast (Madison, IN) campuses, which are located in Indiana, offer the same two associate's degrees in early childhood education. These campuses are part of the Ivy Tech Community College network, which is the largest state-wide education system in Indiana with 45 campuses located throughout the state. The Southern Indiana campus is located about 11 miles from downtown Louisville while the Southeast campus is roughly 52 miles away.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to easily compare facts and figures for the profiled schools, including stats on tuition, retention and graduation rates.

University of Louisville Ivy Tech Community College - Southern Indiana Ivy Tech Community College - Southeast
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 21,402* N/A* N/A*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Distant town
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $11,264 in-state; $26,286 out-of-state* $4,255 in-state; $8,211 out-of-state* $4,255 in-state; $8,211 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 97%* N/A* N/A*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 75%* N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 81% for full-time students* N/A* N/A*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 54% (for students who began in 2011)* N/A* N/A*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

University of Louisville

Since its founding in 1798, UofL has undergone several institutional and academic changes before becoming the well-known university it is today. The university's College of Education and Human Development offers several educational and certification options for students interested in teaching. Two specific programmatic options are available for learning and training in early childhood education.

Bachelor of Science in Early Elementary Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education

Students who choose this track will earn a dual certification in early elementary and early childhood education. Students can expect to take a set of both pre-professional and core professional courses, in addition to the concentration's specific courses in early childhood education and the university's general education requirements. The admissions process includes a secondary application to the professional phase of the program once certain course and testing requirements have been met, including a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a C or better in Math 151 and Math 152.

Master of Arts in Teaching in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

This program provides in-depth classroom and field experience education. Students are trained to work in a variety of settings with early childhood and special education children. Admission to the program is competitive. To be admitted, prospective students must hold a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA, submit GRE scores, a professional statement, three letters of recommendation and attend an interview.

Enrolled students must complete 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours, including courses in theories of play, curriculum methods and student teaching. The program also includes a mid-point assessment of the student's coursework, which may or may not result in a recommendation for the student to continue on in the program. An intensive certification and degree assessment are also performed at the end of the program before the degree is awarded.

Ivy Tech Community College - Southeast & Southern Indiana Campuses

The Southeast and Southern Indiana campuses are the closest to Louisville that has a degree program in early childhood education. Offered through the college's School of Education, these programs focus on the growth and development of young children and their relationships with adults. The college has an open admissions policy, and the application is free. Students can choose to enter one of two associate's degree programs.

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

This degree program prepares students to begin a career in early childhood education after graduating, though it may also be used to transfer to a 4-year school. About 70% of the applied science degree programs consist of professional training in the field. The program is also offered online but still includes some on-site classes and internships. Specific course requirements include child growth and development, cognitive curriculum and several introductory classes on topics such as sociology and interpersonal communication. Completion of the program requires a minimum of at least 60 credits.

Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

Students considering this program option may also transfer completed credits to a 4-year university towards a bachelor's degree program. This program also requires a minimum of 60 credits in a variety of classes ranging from early childhood curriculum and exceptional children to family studies and science electives. Students must also participate in a practicum and complete a professional practice course. The program isn't offered online. Interested students should consult the college's website to learn more.

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