Birth-Kindergarten (BK) Program

Our Birth-Kindergarten online program offers a birth-kindergarten minor and a B.S. degree with a concentration in either early childhood or professional education, which leads to licensure. Our goals include giving you the skills to meet children's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs from birth to kindergarten in a variety of settings.

Entry to the Program will be selective and not based on open enrollment. It is anticipated that no more than 30 students will be accepted for the Fall semester and no more than 30 students in the Spring semester.  Once you have been accepted to the BK Program you must maintain a 2.75 grade point average from solely your WCU courses.

While Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university; courses take place over the Internet in an asynchronous online environment.

Financial Aid
To find out if you can receive financial aid contact the financial aid office.

Tuition and Fees
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Undergraduate and Transfer Students
Undergraduate students and transfer students will need to consider whether to pursue a professional education or early childhood course of study; transfer students will also need to decide whether to complete the whole 44-hour core or transfer Liberal Studies credits course by course. If you have an A.A.S. degree, you will still need to complete the 44 hour core or liberal studies in order to receive your B.S. in Birth-Kindergarten.

  • In order to obtain NC teaching license in Birth to Kindergarten, students will be required to complete 2 semesters of internship. Approved internship placement sites are limited to public NC Pre K, HeadStart, and Kindergarten classrooms (this does NOT include Early HeadStart).

For more information on WCU's Birth-Kindergarten program, please contact us with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.


What do we offer?

B.S. Birth - Kindergarten

 Where are our Graduates?

Our graduates work as kindergarten teachers, daycare and preschool instructors, Head Start and More-at-Four teachers, Early Interventionists, and Childhood Advocates.


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Great Value Colleges ranked WCU's early childhood program No. 7 out of 30. Check it out.

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