Early Childhood Inclusive, BA Ed

Bachelor of Art in Education Degree in Early Childhood Inclusive

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The online Early Childhood Inclusive, Bachelor of Arts in Education (BA Ed) degree program supports the right of all children, regardless of abilities, to participate in natural settings within their community. 

Guided by a developmentally and individually appropriate curriculum, this program prepares graduates to teach children ages 0-5 in special education settings and ages 0-8 in regular education settings. 

Students chose this program because they:

  • Benefit from the flexible format of online courses which allow them to complete coursework according to their schedule on the traditional semester basis. 
  • Gain preparation to work with students in natural settings in their community.
  • Acquire a knowledgebase, applied skills, competencies and appropriate practicum experiences as necessary. 

Students of this program have the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Inclusive Teaching Endorsement (Birth through 3rd grade) while working in early childhood-related places of employment. 

Career Outlook: The online Early Childhood Inclusive program is designed for in-service teachers, assistants in preschools, staff in HeadStart programs and other careers. 

Career options:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Daycare Teacher
  • In-service teachers
  • Assistants in preschools
  • Head Start programs

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School diploma

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 204Typical and Atypical Growth and Development4
Prereq: sophomore standing or above.  This course is one of the two required for Level II education majors. Students will become aware of human growth/development and exceptionalities. As students explore these areas, they will also be made aware of the necessity to adapt to the changes brought to the classroom via diversity. Students will be involved in K-12 field experiences that will provide them opportunities to observe student development, exceptionalities, and diversity.
TE 400Student Teaching14
Prereq: admission to student teaching.  Student teaching is the capstone experience in the teacher education process and is the culminating course for all endorsement programs. During student teaching, teacher education students spend a minimum of 16 weeks in an approved PreK-12 school, to observe, participate and teach under the supervision of an experienced teacher.
TE 206Instructional Technology and the Preservice Teacher3
Prereq: none  This course will introduce preservice teachers to a variety of technologies and strategies for their use in the instructional process to accommodate diverse students. Preservice teachers will comprehend and model ethical and democratic principles of instructional technology integration in their classrooms. One course requirement is a P-12 school-based project.
TE 100Teaching in a Democratic Society3
Prereq: none  The first course for all teacher education majors. The key course themes are democracy, diversity, and technology. Current educational issues will be explored. The course includes a field experience in K-12 school sites and, also, includes a community service learning component. Concurrent enrollment in a matched section of PSCI 110GS is encouraged.
TE 411Inclusive Practices for Students with Exceptionalities in Pre K-8 Classrooms3
Prereq: TE 311*, admission to Teacher Education.  The course addresses the instructional needs of students with exceptionalities and giftedness in integrated settings. Special education referral process, Rule 51, Rule 3, Section 504, analysis of instruction/environment and its impact on learning, assignment/assessment modification, behavioral issues, and evaluation of student learning will be emphasized. * This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.
TE 318Management and Assessment in Preschool and Elementary Classrooms2
Prereq or Coreq: TE 204  This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of effectively managing the classroom and assessing student progress. The course emphasizes: planning, preparing, establishing routines, monitoring and managing student behavior, aligning standards-based assessments, determining assessment alternatives, and interpreting assessment results.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Dawn Mollenkopf, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dawn Mollenkopf earned her doctorate in Special Education Policy Integration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She directs the Early Childhood Unified (ECU) program and has worked with five different Federal U.S. Department of Education grants to help early childhood teachers and young children. Mollenkopf is passionate about teaching the next generation of leaders in education.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.