The online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society (ECEMS) degree program is designed to prepare students to work in early childhood settings with young children whose family members are highly mobile.
Family mobility is increasingly prevalent in military families, immigrant families, families required to travel for a living, homeless families and families living in poverty.
Students in this program will:
- Use their understanding of young children's needs and characteristics to influence the child's development and learning.
- Learn to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child.
- Understand how successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with the child's family and community.
- Utilize knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child.
- Know how to demonstrate, through practicum and clinical practice, the knowledge skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood.
- Understand the importance of ethical guidelines and professional standards as they relate to early childhood practice.
The Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society program is offered as part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (AG*IDEA). When students complete the program, they are utilizing coursework that is provided by multiple universities. Students enroll in courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, even though courses may be taught by other AG*IDEA member institutions.