B.A. in Early Childhood Education

  • B.A.
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Education

Prepare to be a leader in the classroom and create meaningful learning experiences. A B.A. in Early Childhood Education will help you become a certified pre-kindergarten and elementary teacher.

Why Study Early Childhood Education at Rivier?

Rivier’s B.A. in Early Childhood Education program provides you with firsthand experience in top-notch education facilities and the teaching skills necessary to be confident in front of a classroom. Through observations and student teaching, you will learn to connect theory with practice and be prepared to play a valuable role in the lives of early learners.

As an Early Childhood Education major, you will be required to gain a specialization through a minor in another discipline and complete the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers, both of which are required for certification.

In the B.A. in Early Childhood Education program, you will:

  • Become an effective educator and communicator
  • Connect theory with practice for classroom success
  • Develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Fall 2024 Grants – Incoming Education majors are eligible for an Education Innovation Grant. First-time, first-year students will be awarded a $3,000 grant each year, renewable for four years for a total of $12,000 in financial support, in addition to a competitive financial aid package. This grant award supports students pursuing degrees in education.

Get Ready for the World

Through a focus on experiential learning and field experience beginning your freshman year, you will build your skills, resume, and professional network. Our proximity to some of the finest school districts in our state offers excellent opportunities for internships and employment. You will gain practical experience through a semester-long student teaching assignment, which will build your confidence in the classroom as well as your resume, and further develop your skills.

Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.

My professors are willing to go out of their way to work with me and help when I need it. They are very caring, and they have the resources to help students succeed.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

You will be well prepared for a rewarding career as an early childhood educator.


  • Preschool teachers
  • Kindergarten teachers
  • Elementary school teachers
  • Preschool administrators/owners
  • Childcare workers

Graduate Studies

Our alumni are well prepared to pursue graduate studies in education, administration, and other related fields.

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Prepare for a rewarding career with the B.A. in Early Childhood Education.