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Early Childhood Education, BS

What will I study?

In conjunction with the University' s commitment to building Christlike character, the bachelor of science degree in Early Childhood Education exists to prepare Christian educators to be models of learning and life. It seeks to provide students with a biblical worldview, a deep understanding of child growth and development, and the professional knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to create safe and stimulating curriculum and environments for young children in partnership with families and other professionals. The degree is a comprehensive program requiring 72 credits of core coursework that includes embedded field and clinical experiences allowing students to integrate theory, research and practice alongside practicing teachers and other childhood professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes
The student will ...
-- Create safe, respectful and stimulating environments for young children based on knowledge of young children's development, characteristics and needs.
-- Design lessons for Pre-K-3 students that include accurate content, appropriate strategies, assessments and materials, and accommodate diverse learning needs.
-- Practice the ethical behaviors and professional dispositions expected of BJU early childhood teacher candidates.

What classes will I take?

Future Careers

A major in Early Childhood Education is also unique preparation for parenting. A great deal of what a child learns is acquired in the first five years; with this training, you can give your child a tremendous head start.

A Christian School Recruitment Conference is sponsored by the Career Services office each February. Over 100 administrators and principals from many states and some foreign countries gather to interview and hire new teachers for their schools. This conference will give you many opportunities to find a place of service after you graduate. In addition, students can network with schools through our online placement service, CareerCentral. Hundreds of employment opportunities are posted annually. The Career Services office also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

Career Services can help you prepare for job hunting and networking with employers.

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