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Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
College of Education and Human Development


The overall mission of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) is to prepare responsive and effective educators for working with learners of all ages, infancy through adulthood. With its major emphasis in teacher certification programs for individuals seeking to teach in public school settings. Additional responsibilities include preparing personnel to teach in private kindergarten centers, day care centers and education programs operated by community agencies, businesses and industries.

Prospective Students

At Jackson State University, we believe in the transformative power of education. Our Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education is committed to nurturing the next generation of educators who will shape the future of our society. If you’re passionate about teaching, guiding, and inspiring young minds, you’ve come to the right place.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Experienced Faculty: Our department is staffed with dedicated and experienced educators who are not only experts in their fields but also deeply committed to providing you with a top-notch education. They will guide and mentor you throughout your academic journey.

  2. Hands-on Experience: We understand that teaching is a hands-on profession. That’s why we emphasize practical experience from day one. You’ll have the opportunity to work in real classrooms and early childhood centers, gaining invaluable experience that sets you apart.

  3. Cutting-Edge Curriculum: Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for the ever-evolving world of education. You’ll learn about the latest teaching techniques, technology integration, and research-backed pedagogical approaches.

  4. Community Engagement: We believe in the power of community. You’ll have the chance to engage with local schools, childcare centers, and educational organizations, making a positive impact on children’s lives from the very beginning of your journey.

  5. Research Opportunities: If you’re passionate about research and innovation in education, we offer ample opportunities to engage in meaningful research projects alongside our faculty.

Your Future as an Educator Starts Here

By choosing the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Jackson State University, you’re taking the first step towards a rewarding career dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. Our program equips you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel as an educator in today’s dynamic and diverse classrooms.

Join us in creating a brighter future. Apply today and embark on a journey that will shape the young minds of tomorrow. Together, we’ll inspire and educate the leaders of the future.

What To Expect

General Requirements/Curriculum

EECE degree programs are based on the principles of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC); the standards and professional accreditation recommendations of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); the Association of Childhood Education (ACEI); and the International Literacy Association (ILA).

We Offer the Following Degree Programs:

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Child Care & Family Education – (Non-Licensure Track)

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, K-3

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, K-6

Graduate Programs*

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education 

Master of Science in Elementary Education

Master of Science in Reading Education

Doctorate in Early Childhood Education

*To apply for graduate programs, please access the application portal here.


Looking for a way to pay for your tenure at Jackson State University? Fear not! We are here to help. Browse Scholarships in our Scholarship Portal to see what you qualify for today.

Apply for JSU Scholarships

Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)


William Winter Teacher Scholar/Loan (WWTS)



For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2341.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.


Mailing Address

Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
P.O. Box 18380
Jackson, MS 39217


(601) 979-2341