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Early Childhood Education

Ready to become a successful early childhood teacher?

If you're excited and inspired to teach young children, our Early Childhood Education program (PreK-Grade 3) will prepare you to have a positive impact on the learning and lives of young  children.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Early Childhood Education program is designed to ensure that you demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be a successful teacher of young children. Beginning in the first year, the program emphasizes experiential learning in diverse school environments, including preschools and public and private schools. As you advance through the program, you will complete numerous field experiences in a variety of school settings culminating in a yearlong internship in a Professional Development School.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Apply knowledge of discipline content and content-related pedagogy to design and implement effective instruction for all learners.
    • Use knowledge of students to design instruction and create a culturally responsive, equitable environment to support achievement for all learners.
    • Design and implement instruction that engages students, encourages student participation, promotes higher-level thinking, and supports instructional outcomes.
    • Design and implement assessment that monitors student learning, provides purposeful feedback on progress, and furnishes evidence to inform instruction.
    • Reflect on teaching, collaborate in a professional learning community, seek professional development opportunities, engage in inquiry, persist toward goals, and exhibit integrity and professionalism.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Early Childhood Education program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Early Childhood Education?

    If you're looking for a career teaching children in PreK-Grade 3, Stevenson's Early Childhood Education program will prepare you with the knowledge, skills and experiences to be a competent, caring and highly qualified teacher. Key courses required by the major include child growth and development, early childhood methods of teaching science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and social studies, educational psychology, and philosophy of education. Throughout the program, you will integrate the theories you study in your University classes with your teaching experiences. In addition, you will be mentored by experienced University and school faculty. Successfully demonstrating the integration and application of theory, practice and mentoring will give you the confidence necessary for a successful and fulfilling teaching career.

    • Complete coursework that reflects the fundamental components of effective classroom instruction.
    • Engage in field experiences in diverse school environments beginning in the freshman year.
    • Apply cognitive, moral and psychosocial theories of development to the teaching and learning process.
    • Examine the roles of development, school culture and community contexts in the teaching and learning process.
    • Engage in inquiry on the influence of philosophy on education.
    • Design curriculum that provides a strong foundation in liberal arts, mathematics and science, and technological competency.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of child development and its impact on education practices.
    • Collaborate with a team of education professionals.
    • Complete a year-long internship experience in a Professional Development School under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Candidates must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    • EDCP 100 First Year Seminar
    • CM — Elective CM 101 Public Speaking (recommended)
    • ED 108 Learning Experiences for Young Children
    • ED 108F Year One Field Placement
    • ED 202F Year Two Field Placement I
    • ED 203F Year Two Field Placement II
    • ED 204 Year Two Seminar I
    • ED 205 Year Two Seminar II
    • 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 Three Seminar I
    • ED 303 Year Three Seminar II
    • ED 305F Year Three Field Placement I
    • ED 306F Year Three Field Placement II
    • ED 310 Year Three Transfer Seminar (ATT Students only)
    • 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 343 Integrated Early Childhood Methods of Teaching ~
    • ED 365 Materials for Teaching Reading
    • ED 410 Assessment for Reading Instruction
    • ED 435 Internship Seminar I
    • ED 436 Internship Seminar II
    • ED 440 Internship I: Early Childhood Education
    • ED 441 Internship II: Early Childhood Education
    • ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature
    • ENG Writing — English 200 level writing elective
    • ENG Writing — English 300 or 400 level writing elective
    • Fine Arts Elective — ART 241 Creative Development in ECE (recommended)
    • GEO Elective — Geography elective
    • HIST Elective — HIST 110 The United States: 1865 to Present (recommended)
    • HUM Elective — Humanities elective
    • IS 214 Technology in Education
    • MATH Electives — Minimum of 12 credits required
    • MATH Elective 1 — MATH 121 College Algebra (recommended)
    • MATH Elective 2 — MATH 132 Mathematics for Teachers (recommended)
    • MATH Elective 3 — MATH 140 Basic Statistics (recommended)
    • PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education
    • PSY 206 Child Development
    • PSY 330 Educational Psychology
    • Science Electives — Minimum of 12 credits required
    • BIO Elective — BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues (recommended)
    • PHSCI Elective — PHSCI 151 Principles of Earth and Field Science (recommended)
    • Additional Science Elective — BIO, CHEM, ENV, FSCI, or PHYS
    • Social Science Elective — Social Science elective from a subject other than psychology

    ~Course under development

    Last Updated: 03/17/2015

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor in Early Childhood Education is not available.

    Last Updated: 03/17/2015

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.

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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