Early Childhood Development and Education

Interested in joining the program?  Please see the Application for Early Childhood Specializations.

ECDEPotential Careers– Teacher in preschool, infant/toddler, Head Start, and Early Head Start classes. Educational specialist in Birth-to-3 programs. Includes both private and publicly funded programs.

Recommended Courses- With these courses the student will fulfill the “This major must also include at least 12 credits from the following courses” requirement of the major. (See catalog).

HDFS 3101. Infant and Toddler Development (Co-Requisite 3181**)
HDFS 3102. Early and Middle Childhood Development (Co-Requisite 3182**)
HDFS 3120. Intro to Programs for Young Children (Co-Requisite 3180)
HDFS 3122. Integrated Curriculum Methods & Materials for Infants & Toddlers
HDFS 3123. Integrated Curriculum Methods & Materials for Preschool & Kindergarten
HDFS 3125. Emergent Literacy and Language Arts in ECE
HDFS 3127. Professional Development and Advocacy in Early Childhood
HDFS 3180. Programs for Young Children: Introductory Laboratory (Co-Requisite 3120)
HDFS 3181. Observing Infant and Toddler Development** (Co-Requisite 3101)
HDFS 3182. Observing Early Childhood Development** (Co-Requisite 3102)
HDFS 3183. ECDE: Supervised Fieldwork Practicum
HDFS 4181W. ECDE: Supervised Teaching Practicum
HDFS 4182. Admin and Leadership in Early Childhood programs: Practicum***

**Students must take either HDFS 3181 or 3182, but not both.

Storrs: UConn Child Development Center and additional community placements
Stamford: Community early childhood programs


Advanced Degrees

Early childhood special education, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Speech and language pathology, Elementary education, Social work, Children’s librarian, Nursing, Child Life specialist, School counseling, Art/music/dance therapy



National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

2-1-1 Child Care information and resources for child care in Connecticut

Connecticut Birth to Three System

Head Start

Children’s Defense Fund



Storrs: UConn Child Development Center and additional community placements.
Stamford: Community early childhood programs

Students have the opportunity to work under the supervision of professionals in their field of interest and integrate their classroom leaning with practical experience through the department’s fieldwork program. This is a great opportunity for students to explore potential career pathways in a hands-on way and receive UConn credits at the same time!