The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) prepares educators to work with learners of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and cultures. EECE is recognized for its excellence in teaching, research, and service. Many graduates are consultants, principals, college professors, and state department employees. The department has one of the highest enrollments at Jackson State University which is attributed to its active community involvement, personal approach to instruction, and advising.
Students admitted to other degree programs within the College of Education and Human Development, who desire to teach in elementary or secondary schools, are also enrolled in the courses provided by EECE. Students gain advanced knowledge in learning theories, educational standards, goals and objectives, cultural influences concerning learning, curriculum design, and implementation.