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Birth Through Kindergarten

This interdisciplinary program is co-administered by the Department of Specialized Education Services (SES) and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDF). Experienced and committed faculty members from both departments teach, advise, and mentor students through this innovative course of study.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program prepares professionals to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners with and without disabilities and their families. Undergraduates can prepare for birth through kindergarten teacher licensure or focus on children’s development in their diverse cultural, school, and family contexts.

For more information about our undergraduate program, please review the academic program pages below:

  • Undergraduate Birth-Kindergarten Education Program
    • B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, concentration in Early Care and Education (ECE)
    • B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, concentration in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education (BKTE)

Still have a question? Please review our BK FAQs document.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs focus on the biological, relational, early educational, social, and cultural foundations of development of young children with and without disabilities and their implications for families.  We offer a Master of Education program with two concentrations and  two Post-Baccalaureate Certificates.

The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development program prepares students to assume leadership roles in diverse settings serving young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families.  There are two concentrations in this M.Ed. program: Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration and Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure.

The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Birth through Kindergarten Initial Licensure provides graduate level training and experiences in inclusive early childhood that leads to eligibility for an initial North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten (BK) teaching license.

The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Infant Toddler Learning provides the training necessary to seek employment in leadership positions within early care and education settings.

For more information about our graduate  programs, please review the academic program pages below:

Birth-Kindergarten Faculty and Staff

Below is a list of Special Education Services (SES) faculty teaching courses in birth-kindergarten. Click on their name, to learn more about them and their research interest.

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Heather Coleman

Dr. Coleman has a passion for supporting young children, children with autism and their families, and early childhood providers

Learn more about Dr. Coleman from her Bio Page.

Dr. Coleman is currently accepting graduate students!


Dr. Salih Rakap

Salih Rakap

Dr. Rakap has a passion for supporting development, engagement, and learning of young children with disabilities, their parents, and teachers

Learn more about Dr. Rakap from his Bio Page.

Dr. Rakap is currently accepting graduate students!


Hatice-Ghulamani

Hatice Ghulamani

Dr. Ghulamani’s teaching and service focuses on Birth through Kindergarten education and North Carolina Teacher Licensure, early intervention and family professional partnerships and culturally responsive early childhood special education practices and personnel preparation programs.

Learn more about Dr. Ghulamani from her Bio Page.

Dr. Ghulamani is currently accepting graduate students.


Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer has had a variety of experiences in early childhood care and education and is extremely passionate about the field. Most of her career has been as a classroom teacher working with children in inclusive settings. Her interests include implementing the Project Approach and the Reggio Emilia Philosophy in early childhood classrooms, teacher support and preparation, and building relationships with children, families, and professionals.

Learn more about Jennifer Jones from her Bio Page.