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Ready to become a successful early childhood teacher?


Stevenson University’s education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

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.

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.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will:

  • 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.


Study Early Childhood Education at Stevenson

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Early Childhood Education Majors

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



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

FYS 100 First Year Seminar
FYS 102 First Year Seminar
ED 108 Learning Experiences for Young Children
ED 108F Year One Field Placement
ED 202F Year Two Field Placement
ED 203F Year Two Field Placement
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
ED 306F Year Three Field Placement
ED 318 Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Early Childhood Education
ED 331 Instruction of Reading
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
IS 302 Integrating Technology and Digital Learning in the Classroom
PHIL 420 Philosophy of Education
PSY 206 Child Development
PSY 330 Educational Psychology

Fine Arts Elective

ART 241 Creative Development in Early Childhood Education (recommended)

HIST Elective

Any SEE-certified HIST course.

Math Electives

Minimum of 12 credits required; MATH 137, MATH 205, and MATH 206 (recommended).

Social Science elective

GEO elective (recommended)

Science Elective

Minimum of 12 credits required; BIO 104 (recommended).

Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors


A minor in early childhood education: liberal arts and technology is not available.

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