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Early Childhood Unified (Birth-K)

Putting Your Coursework To Work

Graduate students who complete the master's degree in early childhood unified at the University of Kansas will have achieved both a master's degree and also have satisfied the requirements for an initial early childhood unified teaching license in Kansas. It's a two-for-one graduate program for aspiring special education educators and service providers. 

Key Steps to Completing ECU (birth through kindergarten) licensure at KU:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 2.75 GPA. Lower GPA may require that the student take and obtain a passing score on the PPST. Note international students who have received a degree from a non-US school will have to have their undergraduate degree reviewed by an approved provider. Please contact your advisor (or Program Coordinator) early in the program to check on having this done.
  2. Complete KU’s approved ECU program* (courses & 2 student teaching experiences) with a minimum B for each course or student teaching experience.  Note that B- does not count towards this requirement. Also if courses are transferred or substituted from another program or university they must also carry at least a grade of B.
  3. Passing Score on KU-‐ECU‐KPTP, which must be completed as a part of a supervised field experience.
  4. Pass the required PRAXIS series. For information regarding Kansas Licensure, visit the School of Education's Licensure section of the web site. This website has the information on required licensure exams and application instructions. For ECU license the following two standardized licensure exams should be taken approximately 3-6 months before you have finished all courses and student teaching experiences: PLT: Early Childhood; Education of the Young Child.
  5. Submit appropriate licensure form and fees (this does include a criminal background check).

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