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Early Childhood Education

Ready to become a successful early childhood teacher?

If you're excited and inspired to teach children at the onset of their educational journeys, our Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to excel at developing young minds in the classroom.

  • Overview

    Overview

    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Early Childhood Education program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become a successful teacher of younger children (PreK-Grade 3). The program emphasizes experiential learning in school environments such as preschools, child care centers, and public and private schools. As you advance through the major, you will progressively spend more time outside of the University classroom and inside in various schools, including the fourth year, where you complete a yearlong internship experience in a Professional Development School under the guidance of an experienced professional teacher.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Demonstrate competency in the liberal arts, mathematics, and the sciences.
    • Understand the implications of technology use technology in teaching to enable all students to become successful learners.
    • Demonstrate the ability to effectively teach curriculum content so that all students can achieve success.
    • Engage in classroom inquiry and reflection on practice.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of communities and cultures in order to effectively interact with diverse groups of people.

    Why Study Early Childhood Education?

    If you're looking for a career teaching students from PreK-Grade 3, Stevenson's Early Childhood Education program will train you with the skills and know-how to be a teacher capable of setting young children up for success. Key courses required by the major touch on educational psychology, language development, and teaching methods. And what you learn will be practiced and refined through your time in the classroom within a wide variety of area school settings. Applying your knowledge in a real-world setting-a staple of our program-will give you the experience and confidence you need to thrive in a classroom environment and embark on a fulfilling teaching career.

    • Learn from professors who channel their experiences as teachers into an effective instruction tool.
    • Take an array of courses that provide prospective teachers with the fundamentals of classroom instruction.
    • Gain experience teaching in the classroom as early as freshman year.
    • Benefit from a wide variety of preschools, public and private schools, and child care centers in the area.
    • In the fourth year, complete a year-long internship experience under the guidance of an experienced professional teacher.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education: Liberal Arts and Technology. Candidates must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

    Major Requirements

    • ED 108 Learning Experiences for Young Children
    • ED 220 Language Development in Young Children
    • ED 230 Processes and Acquisition of Reading
    • ED 270 Curriculum Principles and Practices
    • ED 271 Principles of Assessment
    • ED 272 Principles of Special Education
    • ED 302 Year 3 Seminar
    • ED 318 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 319 Methods of Teaching Science in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 331 Instruction of Reading
    • ED 365 Materials for Teaching Reading
    • ED 410 Assessment for Reading Instruction
    • ED 435 Seminar: Issues in Education
    • ED 440 Internship I: Early Childhood Education
    • ED 441 Internship II: Early Childhood Education

    Required Field Placement in Year One - ED 108F
    Required Field Placements in Year Two - ED 202F and ED203F
    Required Field Placements in Year Three - ED 305F and ED 306F

    Secondary Requirements

    • ANTH elective
    • BIO elective
      • BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues (recommended)*
    • CM elective
      • CM 101 Public Speaking (recommended)*
    • ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature (Children's Literature)*
    • Fine Arts elective ART 241 Creative Development in Early Childhood Education (recommended)*
    • GEO elective*
    • 2 HIST electives
      • HIST 109 The United States: Colonial America to 1865 (recommended)*
      • HIST 110 The United States: 1865 to Present (recommended)*
    • IS 134 MS Windows and Office Applications*
    • IS 214 Technology in Education
    • IS 300 Emerging Technologies for Schools
    • MATH elective (4 credit)
      • MATH 121 College Algebra (recommended)*
    • MATH 132 Mathematics for Teachers*
    • MATH 140 Basic Statistics*
    • PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education*
    • PHSCI elective
      • PHSCI 110 Foundations of Physics (recommended)*
    • Add'l PHSCI or BIO Lab elective
      • PHSCI 151 Principles of Earth and Field Science (recommended)*
    • PSY 206 Child Development*
    • PSY 330 Educational Psychology

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Our Early Childhood Education program prepares students to enter the classroom with confidence and knowledge within the field of education.

• Early Childhood Teacher

Graduates with an Early Childhood Education degree are qualified to teach PreK-Grade 3 in a public or non-public school.

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