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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 objectives for the Early Childhood Education program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    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
    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 205 Year Two Seminar ~
    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 (AAT Students only)
    ED 318 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Early Childhood Education
    ED 331 Instruction of Reading
    ED 343 Integrated Methods of Teaching: Early Childhood ~
    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
    ED 441 Internship II: Early Childhood
    ENG 282 Literary Genres: Youth Literature
    Fine Arts Elective ART 241 Creative Development in Early Childhood Education (recommended)
    GEO elective GEO 112 Human Geography (recommended)
    HIST or POSCI elective HIST 110 The United States: 1865 to Present (recommended), POSCI 102 or 205 (recommended)
    IS 302 Integrating Technology and Digital Learning in the Classroom
    MATH electives Minimum of 12 credits required
    MATH elective 1 MATH 132 Math for Teachers (recommended)
    MATH elective 2 MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics (recommended)
    MATH elective 3 MATH elective
    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)
    Two additional science electives BIO, CHEM, ENV, FSCI, or PHYS

    ~Course under development

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor in Early Childhood Education is not available.

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016


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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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