Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for professional career placement in child care centers, Head Start programs, public preschools, early childhood specialist/teacher, preschool directors, intergenerational programs, licensing agency, kindergarten/primary assistant, schoolage program coordinators, hospitals, group homes, children’s homes and other programs concerned with the well-being, development and education of the infant, toddler, preschooler and the school-age child.

The program focuses on the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children ages birth through eight years and the planning of activities and programs that are developmentally appropriate and are sensitive to the special needs and diversity of today’s children and families. Teacher training emphasizes developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instructional skill, based on guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The program includes extensive fieldwork observations and a total of 210-hour student teaching practicum.