Why Major in Early Childhood Education?
Eastern University's undergraduate BS in Early Childhood Education prepares excellent teachers and educational practitioners who can serve in a variety of early learning and elementary school settings. Students are trained to communicate effectively, think critically, embrace cultural and linguistic diversity, utilize technology appropriately, practice inclusive interventions, learn independently and collaboratively, and serve competently in their chosen field. This program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining the Certification in Early Childhood Education (PK-4).
Why Choose Eastern?
- Graduate in 3 Years with Eastern University FastPass!
- Integration of Christian faith and education major
- Excellent student teaching opportunities in a wide variety of settings including urban, suburban, and rural
- Student organizations: The Council for Exceptional Children, Kappa Delta Pi (honor society), Pennsylvania Student Education Association
- Faculty with extraordinary academic and professional backgrounds
- Strong student teaching and job placement assistance
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Early Childhood Certification Programs
Which Program is Right for Me?
|BS in Early Childhood Education (this program)||BS in Early Childhood Studies|
|Admission GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above||Admission GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above|
|PDE Basic Skills requirements needed for admission
(From the period of July 8th 2022 to July 8th 2025, Basic Skills requirements are waived for students entering preparation programs).
|No PDE Basic Skills requirements needed for admission|
|Student teaching required||Student teaching not required|
|Our Student Teaching Coordinator assists you in obtaining a PK-4 placement||Graduates can work toward their certification after graduation|
Early Childhood Education Conceptual Framework
Accredited by NAEYC
The Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Program at Eastern University received accreditation by NAEYC's Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs. Our initial accreditation term runs from March 2023 through March 2025.
Faculty Feature: "The Joy of Teaching"
By Nicole McKeown, Lecturer in Education and Chair of Special Education Program
During my fifth year as an elementary school teacher, I had a student— let’s call him Jake—who was considered a “behavior problem.” That year, I started calling every student’s home during the first week to introduce myself and share something positive about their child. When I called Jake’s home, his mother answered and said, “What did he do now?” I told her that I just wanted to call to introduce myself and let her know that Jake did really well on his math assessment. The phone went silent. Then his mother said, “You are the first teacher who has ever called home and said something nice about my son.” Read the full story.
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