If you enjoy the charisma of young children, then a degree in Early Childhood Education could create a career path for you by offering a dynamic teacher preparation program that leads to a BA in Early Childhood Education and a rewarding career working with children in Pre-K -3rd grade! The early childhood education program provides preparation for teaching in PK-3 classrooms. The goal of this program is to provide prospective early childhood candidates with a theoretical knowledge base to develop an awareness of the content necessary to teach young children. Field experiences include placements with infants through 3rd grade. 

Limestone Early Childhood Program: An Elevated Experience of Excellence

Becoming a certified teacher is a lifelong dream for many! Limestone University offers an experience that elevates excellence in the use of knowledge, methods, and professionalism for future early childhood educators. Our program is rigorous, this makes us proud, and our teacher candidates prepared. Individuals who complete the early childhood program will realize their dream come true through the attainment of a Bachelors's degree that earns them the privilege of performing the important work of promoting development for children in PK-3rd grades. 

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Educator Preparation Experiences

The experiences that it requires to prepare 21st-century educators for the field of teaching are complex and highly involved. In the Limestone Early Childhood Program, our teacher candidates are held to the gold standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Through adherence, teacher candidates demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. 


National Honor Society for Educators

Pi Lambda Theta has the most stringent GPA requirements for membership. Eligible candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and must be an undergraduate junior, senior, recent graduate, or current education professional. Membership includes gold honor cords to wear at graduation, connections to professionals, eligibility for the scholarship, an online badge for a LinkedIn profile, and much more! https://pilambda.org

Excellence in Leadership

The Limestone Early Childhood Program is led by Dr. Teresa White who is committed to equipping educators to provide world-class learning experiences for students in PK-3rd grade. Dr. White has a standard of excellence and is active in service to several boards that elevate teacher excellence and early literacy. Her experiences as a Special Education Teacher, Twice Teacher of the Year, Early Interventionist, Day Care Director and certified trainer for South Carolina Career Development makes Dr. White an active member in the field of early childhood. Dr. White has authored a book The Vapor Effect to provide strategies for parents and educators to promote reading readiness based on five researched best practices.



Fast Facts

  • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the need for elementary school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Rising student enrollment should increase the demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers.
  • Limestone University has a proven track record of preparing educators for a sustained career in education with a 96% retention rate. Many students secure a position prior to graduation.
  • To be licensed as an Early Childhood Educator in the state of South Carolina, one must pass state Praxis examinations. Limestone students pass these tests with consistency.
  • Early Childhood educators participate in diverse programs from birth-third grade to help prepare them to teach students of varying abilities.

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