Early Childhood Education

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Certification in Preschool–Third Grade

The early childhood education major prepares students to teach Preschool–third grade in public and private/Christian schools in the U.S. and abroad. The early childhood major is the largest program in the Cedarville University's School of Education. This program is a nationally accredited Teacher Education Program that focuses on the 10 standards of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) naeyc.org/academy/primary/standardsintro.

Students in the early childhood program participate in more than 1,027 field and clinical experiences beginning in the freshman year through their student teaching clinical experience as a senior. The student teaching clinical internship semester is a 16-week experience as a lead teacher. This experience may be completed in a local school near Cedarville University or as part of our Overseas Student Internship Program.   

Fourth–Fifth Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

The Early Childhood Education Generalist endorsement is an "add on" to the Early Childhood Education license. This endorsement prepares teachers to work with students in grades four and five and allows the teacher-candidate to be licensed in  Pre-Kindergarten–fifth grade. This endorsement can be easily completed with an additional nine credit hours that are completed during a May term and an additional licensure exam.

Early Childhood and Special Education Double Major

Our program has been designed so that teacher-candidates may major in both early childhood education and multi-age special education. Courses align to allow students to complete the double major in nine semesters. The double major may be completed in four years with additional course work completed during May or summer terms or by completing an additional semester. At the completion of this double major, teacher-candidates will receive licensure in both Early Childhood Education (preschool–third grade) and Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate (K–12th grade).