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.

Credits: 42-45 credits completed over 4 or 6 semesters

Certification: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Eligibility Requirements to Declare Your Major

  • Attend a UTEP Information Session
  • Complete the Education Major Interest Form
  • 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 an 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 are encouraged to make an appointment with an Graduate Education Admissions Advisor or email to prepare to submit an application to a master’s degree program.

UTEP Pre-major Advisor

Marvalyn Grant