Childhood Education


Effective childhood education–education that empowers and elevates children of all backgrounds and abilities–depends on student-centered teaching methods, individualized approaches, cultural responsiveness, and specialized pedagogies based in research, theory, and practice.

As a Childhood Education major, you will be “embedded” in schools from the very beginning of the program. Not only will you gain a wealth of clinical and field experience, you will also learn from expert faculty who care about you as a learner and future teacher. Hunter’s Childhood Education program (also known as QUEST) will prepare you to work in a variety of elementary school settings with all types of learners.


42 to 45 credits completed over 4 or 6 semesters


Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Eligibility Requirements to Declare Your Major

  • Attend a UTEP Information Session
  • Complete the Education Major Interest Form (emailed after the UTEP Information Session)
  • An interview with faculty may be required
  • 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences (Prospective Childhood Education students may complete the major interest form after earning at least 15 credits.)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English Composition and writing-intensive coursework
  • Declaration of appropriate liberal arts and sciences major that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree

Eligibility and Capacity

Seats in our Education majors are limited. Unfortunately, not all eligible students are offered a seat in an education major.

Candidates who are not able to pursue an education major are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a Graduate Admissions Advisor or email and prepare to submit an application to a master’s degree program.

Program Leader

Debbie Sonu

UTEP Pre-major Advisor