Early Childhood Endorsement

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College of Education

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An early childhood endorsement will prepare you to teach students ranging in ages from infancy through grade three.  

Early Childhood Teachers:

  • promote school readiness
  • improve learning outcomes of young children
  • assist with children's language and literacy skills to prevent them from reading difficulties when they enter school

Our program also provides:

Field Experience/Student Teaching

At Doane, pre-service teachers complete approximately 300 hours of
practicum experience with K-12 students prior to student teaching.

  • Students begin working in classroom settings during their first year 
  • Student assisting continues during the sophomore and junior years
  • Full-time student teaching occurs during the senior year (ranging
    from 14 weeks for one endorsement to a maximum of 24 weeks for two

Teacher Warranty

Doane was the FIRST college/university in the nation to offer a
warranty of its teacher education graduates to hiring school districts.

The college will provide free training for its new teachers as necessary at no cost to the school district or Doane graduate.

Guaranteed Placement

Doane University GUARANTEES its teacher education students employment following graduation in the education field.

Master of Education Degree

Following graduation in the teacher education program, all students extend their training in a summer semester of graduate work

  • 12 credit hours of graduate work
  • Graduate classes give Doane students an advantage over other college graduates in credits toward a master's degree
  • Site-based, the MED is offered at numerous locations in Nebraska,
    allowing our students to finish their graduate degree with ease. 

First-Year Mentoring

For many years, Doane has provided mentoring for its first-year
teachers. An experienced teacher in the school works closely with new

Doane teachers to help with this transition. Doane faculty also work with the new teachers, providing support and expertise.


Requirements for Early Childhood Endorsement:

1.  EDU 211, 221, 311, 312, 318, 321, 322, 323, 338, 341.

2.  EDC 201, 25, 427, 447, 457.

3.  EDS 207.

4.  MTH 217, PSY 117, 255.


Additional Requirements for this major include:

Complete one of the following majors:

a.  Special Education
b.  Elementary Education


View detailed course information

EDU 211 - Practicum IA (3)
EDU 221 - Practicum IB (3)
EDU 311 - Language Arts and Reading I (3)
EDU 312 - Language Arts and Reading II (3)
EDU 318 - Mathematics Methods (3)
EDU 321 - Practicum IC (2)
EDU 322 - Science Methods (2)
EDU 323 - Social Studies Methods (2)
EDU 338 - Children, Youth and the Family (3)
EDU 341 - Practicum ID (3)
EDC 201 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)
EDC 425 - Methods for Young Children I (3)
EDC 427 - Methods for Young Children II (3)
EDC 447 - Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3)
EDC 457 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education (8)
EDS 207 - Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
PSY 117 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 255 - Child and Adolescent Development (3)
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