Why Study Early Childhood Education?

Towson University has been a leader in teacher education for 150 years. The Early childhood education program has a rich tradition of excellence in preparing teachers and collaborating with school systems and communities. The program is dedicated to helping you:

  • learn critical tools to support the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of young children
  • participate in internship opportunities that apply theory and knowledge in planning and implementation of activities and experiences of young children.
  • enhance your skills in technology to support its integration in the classroom in developmentally appropriate ways
  • engage with supportive faculty offering expertise in multiculturalism, English language acquisition, special education, gifted education and talent development, literacy, mathematics, the arts, and programming, among other current topics
  • achieve your career goals with a required individualized advising and career planning working with faculty dedicated to your success
  • develop leadership and collaboration skills to help build successful partnerships with communities and local agencies
  • advance your teaching skills through service work with advocacy groups and professional organizations


Graduates are eligible for teaching certification for young children from kindergarten through third grade. Towson’s metropolitan setting offers opportunities for hands-on teaching experiences in diverse locations, including urban, suburban, and rural schools.

You can make a valuable contribution to the learning community in public, private, parochial or charter schools. You could also choose to be a teacher and/or director at infant/toddler centers, preschools, hospitals or state agencies.


Why Towson?

State and National Recognition

Early childhood education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland Department of Education. They are also nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Programs at Universities at Shady Grove

The Early Childhood Education program is offered at the Universities at Shady Grove for students transferring from Frederick Community College or Montgomery Community College with an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree. Admission and degree requirements for this program are the same as those offered on campus. For more information, please email Dr. Janese Daniels, chair, Department of Early Childhood Education, at .