Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Passionate about teaching young children and helping them gain foundational skills for school readiness while instilling a love for learning? A degree in Early Childhood Education will create a career path for you to make positive impacts in young children’s lives. Coursework is designed to provide early childhood candidates with knowledge and skills in many areas, including child development, social and emotional development, assessment, literacy, serving diverse populations of young children and families, and developmentally appropriate practices.
The early childhood education program provides preparation for teaching young children from birth to grade 3. The goal of our 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 to provide teacher candidates opportunities to develop their teaching practices in authentic settings. Our program is rigorous, to ensure teacher candidates are fully prepared to not only teach but meet the needs of all children. Graduates of the early childhood program are competent and effective and have the knowledge and skillsets necessary to be mentors and teacher leaders.
The experiences that are required 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 Standard of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Teacher candidates demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. The Teacher Education Program is approved by the State Department of Education in accordance with the Standards for State Approval of Teacher Education established by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
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
Educators Rising Collegiate adds to the continuum of supports offered by Limestone University to aspiring educators. By becoming an Educators Rising Collegiate member future educators are able to gain access to an additional level of support and content to ensure they are ready for the classroom.
Throughout the year students will participate in a variety of activities designed to engage them in deeper discussions around hot-button topics in education, spur them to think about actions they can take at the local level, and prepare them for a classroom of their own. Any student currently enrolled at Limestone University is eligible to become an Educators Rising Collegiate member. You do not need to be an education major to join—you just need a desire to learn more about and advocate for the teaching profession! https://pdkintl.org/edrisingcollegiate/
The Limestone Early Childhood Program is led by Dr. Tammy Quick, a lifelong educator, who is passionate about preparing and supporting teacher candidates as they embark on rewarding careers as early childhood educators. Dr. Quick is certified in Early Childhood Education, Reading K-12, and Elementary Education K-6. Dr. Quick applies research-based best practices, sound teaching pedagogy, and practical experiences within her course instruction. She is an avid learner crafting her teaching pedagogy and philosophy through service with local, state, national, and international organizations. Dr. Quick’s research interests include early literacy, technology for young children, growth mindset, and service-learning.
Curriculum Designer, Instructional Coordinator, Social Worker, Admission Director, Career Counselor, College Professor, Curator, Extension Agent, Lecturer, Literacy, Instructor, Occupational Trainer, Reading Specialist, Registrar, Human Resources Coordinator, Education Consultant, Training Specialist