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.

Key features of the early education program consist of:

  • Supervised clinical experiences in early childhood classrooms each semester where students apply, extend, and reflect on the concepts, questions, theories, and teaching models studied in university-based courses. 
  • A full-time internship in an early childhood classroom during the senior year to promote intensive professional development with practicing elementary school teachers in a whole school/community context. 
  • Specialized coursework that prepares students to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners and to become actionable leaders in and beyond the classroom. 
  • 21st-century technology including digital communication platforms, website applications, and virtual simulations. These instructional resources enhance students’ learning while preparing them to integrate technology in developmentally appropriate ways in early childhood classrooms.
Tammy Quick and Early Childhood Ed class 2022

EDUCATOR PREPARATION EXPERIENCES

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. 

https://www.naeyc.org/accreditation/higher-ed/standards/summary 

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 

Educators Rising Collegiate

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/ 

RELATED OCCUPATIONS

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 

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.

Explore Experiental Major Map

saints mapsUse this map to help plan and guide your experience at Limestone. Each student’s experience is unique so please keep in mind the activities outlined in this map are suggestions and can be tailored to you! Always consult with your advisors whenever possible for new opportunities and updates.

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