Bachelor Of Science In
Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-3


Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-3

Students in the Early Childhood Education program at Southeastern develop effectiveness in communication, leadership and other skills necessary for teaching in the area of early childhood education. The curriculum requires a solid background of child development and instructional methodology for students as well as essential content courses in math, science and the humanities. A strong emphasis is placed on relevant field experiences throughout the program, and students gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to have a positive impact on student achievement in grades PK through 3.

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Required Semester Hours 120

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation / National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

  • Course objectives and learner outcomes aligned with the COMPASS/ National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium

  • The TeachLivE virtual-rehearsal classroom featuring real-time avatars with unique characteristics is available for students to practice classroom management, pedagogy and content teaching skills in a virtual environment

  • Service-learning opportunities such as the highly acclaimed Early Childhood EXPO in collaboration with the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center

  • A variety of field experiences to prepare candidates for a successful teaching career at the appropriate level

  • Honors curriculum available

Program Requirements

  • Total semester hours required: 120
  • Approximately 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching
  • Pass all parts of the PRAXIS Core: Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  • Have a 2.75 cumulative or degree grade point average and a 2.75 cumulative or degree grade point average in work completed at Southeastern
  • Complete and earn a grade of "C" or better in all required professional courses in Education and Educational Psychology
  • Complete and earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses in first teaching fields (identified on the curriculum sheet)
  • Pass PRAXIS II examinations in Principles of Learning and Teaching and Content Specialty Area Tests
  • Complete and earn a grade of "B" or better in Education 202
  • Successfully complete portfolio submissions during the program
  • Successfully complete student teaching and year-long residency


What Can You Be

Types of Jobs

  • Early Learning Center/Day Care Director
  • Early Learning Centers/Day Care Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

Types of Employers

  • Parochial School Systems
  • Private School Systems
  • Public School Systems



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Kappa Delta Pi

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