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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 will prepare you to have a positive impact on the learning of children. 

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    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Early Childhood Education program is designed to ensure that you possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become a successful teacher of young children (PreK-Grade 3). The program emphasizes experiential learning in school environments, including preschools, child care centers, and public and private schools. As you advance through the major, you complete numerous field experiences in a variety of school settings. The fourth year in the program is 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 educational psychology, child growth and development, and early childhood methods of teaching mathematics and science.

    You will integrate the theories you study in your University classes with new learning acquired in early childhood classrooms. Throughout all of these experiences, you will be mentored by experienced University and school faculty.

    Applying your knowledge and skills in classrooms will give you the experience and confidence necessary for a successful and fulfilling teaching career.

    • Learn from University and school faculty who effectively communicate their experiences as teachers and administrators.
    • Complete coursework that provides prospective teachers with the fundamental components of effective classroom instruction.
    • Gain experience teaching in the classroom beginning in the freshman year.
    • Participate in field experiences in preschools and public and private schools.
    • 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: 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

    Early Childhood Education Resource Guide

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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