The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age 8 within diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Coursework centers on child growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children, and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.
Graduates will be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start programs and school-age programs. Possible positions available for graduates include Teacher’s Assistant, Group Childcare Worker, Family Childcare Worker, Preschool Teacher, Education Administrator, Childcare Director, Child and Family Social Worker, Guidance Counselor, Social and Human Services Assistant, Kindergarten Teacher, or Special Education Teacher.
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Scholastic: Early Childhood Resources
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children
- 16 Resources: Early Childhood Education
- Education World: Early Childhood Center
- Early Childhood Education Career Outlook
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Childcare Workers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Preschool Teachers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Education, Training, and Library Occupations
- Out-of-State Students
- Technical Standards – Early Childhood Education