Students who wish to teach young children in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first through third grade should major in early childhood education. This area of specialization combines the required general and professional coursework with exposure to a variety of educational settings, different professionals in the field, and a wide range of children at the early childhood school level.

Using The Catholic University of America's conceptual framework, this concentration emphasizes the development of a reflective stance towards teaching in early childhood settings. The ability to reflect independently on teaching practice and educational contexts is essential at this level.

Catholic University's goal is to prepare dynamic, creative, and stimulating individuals who can overcome the institutional and occupational constraints that early childhood school teachers face and who are willing and able to collaborate with other professionals in order to satisfy the educational needs of every student under their care.