Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Arts
Lourdes University Department of Education faculty have designed a nationally recognized and award-winning program that prepares graduates to be excellent elementary, middle and high school teachers. The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program focuses on the development of the whole child in the areas of physical, cognitive, language, creative, social and affective development.
The professional preparation goal of the ECE program is to integrate a liberal arts education in order for teacher candidates to acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to teach and work with young children, age three to eight. An extensive clinical and field experience component allows Lourdes education majors to observe and apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-life settings. Coupled with service-learning requirements, Lourdes early childhood education majors regularly secure employment and are known as well qualified, caring teachers.
Early childhood educators are perceived as generalists and as such the content knowledge that must be mastered is broad in nature and based on the Common Core and the Ohio Early Learning and Development standards.
The following are integrated into teacher preparatory methodology and are key areas of study for professionals who work with young children.
- Fundamentals of child development theory
- Curriculum development
- Knowledge of environmental designs
- Classroom management
- Multicultural education
- Integration of instructional technology
- Various effective teaching practices
High achieving students can choose to apply for membership as an Honors Program candidate, or an international student teaching experience at the Pan American School of Porto Alegre in Brazil. Early childhood education majors may also wish to enroll in the Catholic Elementary Religion Certificate, State of Ohio Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement program, and the Early Childhood Endorsement Graduate Certificate Program for Educators.
Learn more about the early childhood education major and the College of Social Sciences.
- Lourdes University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents).
- The Lourdes University Teacher Education Initial Licensure Program in the College of Education and Human Services is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of 7 years, 2015 to 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers TEAC accreditation.