Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies Overview

As of September 14, 2020, students may no longer be admitted to the ECH major program due to program restructuring.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Studies (ECS) is designed to prepare professionals to work with young children and their families. With exposure to theoretical and best practice principles, graduates will be prepared to create effective learning environments designed to support early cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

The ECS major utilizes a comprehensive approach to equipping students with knowledge in:

  • the foundation of child development and well-being
  • the fields of infant and early childhood mental health
  • interpersonal neurobiology
  • early childhood education
  • early childhood special education

The major also aims to equip students with developmentally appropriate practices for nurturing curiosity and facilitating the development of creativity and appreciation of the arts during the early years. For more information please see the University Catalog.

In addition to a host of core Early Childhood Studies courses and liberal education requirements, students either select a minor, or recommended interdisciplinary electives offered by the early childhood program or other disciplines in the university.


Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.