Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach pre-kindergarten through second grade classes. One hundred percent of those who complete our program in Elementary Education pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school.
States, such as Oklahoma, regularly report a shortage of early childhood teachers, and therefore, numerous job opportunities in both public and private schools are available to those who earn this degree.
Early Childhood teachers accumulate many skills and knowledge (such as curriculum, instruction and administration) that allow them to move into other career areas, as well. With some additional coursework, teachers can add the following areas of specialization: English as a Second Language, Exceptional Children and Gifted Education. With a Master’s degree, teachers can serve as counselors or in administration or media.
St. Gregory’s University students in all teacher preparation programs must apply for admission to the Department of Education, complete an application and interview with education faculty. Admission criteria include: an updated Summary of Field Experiences, a written personal Philosophy of Education, successful completion of the St. Gregory’s University course “Foundations of Teaching” ED 3012 (or equivalent), a cumulative GPA of 2.5, Oklahoma General Education Test passing score, “C” or better in required education and/or major (content) courses, five recommendations and completion of Education Major Portfolio to Checkpoint 1.
Early Childhood Teacher- Public, Private, or Parochial School
Lead Teacher or Manager- Day Care Center, Head Start Center
Public Relations- Non-profits, corporate PR departments
Corporate Training- Human Relations
Advisor- Community or Small College Admissions
PY 4132 - Psychology of Students with Exceptionalities (2 cr.)
TH 3201 - Catholic Perspectives on Education (1 cr.)
PY 4003- Child and Adolescent Development (3cr)
ED 3002 - Educational Technology (2 cr.)
ED 3012 - Foundations of Teaching (2 cr.)
SO 3013 Sociology of the Family (3cr)
ED 3113 - Early Childhood Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 cr.)
ED 3403 – Theory to Practice in Early Childhood (3cr)
ED 3242 - Children’s Literature (2 cr.)
ED 3112 - Methods of Integrating Fine Arts in Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)
ED 3312 - Methods of Early Childhood Physical Education and Health (2 cr.)
ED 3312 - Methods of Early Childhood Language Arts (2 cr.)
ED 3323 - Methods of Early Childhood Science (3 cr.)
ED 3332 - Methods of Early Childhood Social Studies (2cr.)
ED 3343 - Methods of Early Childhood Mathematics (3 cr.)
ED 4512 - Group Process and Classroom Management for Early Childhood Teachers (2 cr.)
PY 4223- Tests and Measurement (3cr)
ED 4322 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 4910 - Student Teaching (10 cr.)
For a complete coursework overview, download the Program of Study here.
Each candidate will complete 100 hours of field experience in local school districts prior to student teaching.
Additionally, our students are members of the Teacher Education Association (TEA), a pre-professional organization of students currently preparing for careers in education. Members of the TEA may choose to join either the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) or the Student Professional Oklahoma Educators (SPOE). Both organizations offer benefits to teacher education candidates and provide numerous professional development opportunities. Each semester, the TEA has a Meet and Greet to welcome new education majors. Other activities of the TEA include the SGU Christmas Festival and tutoring in local schools.
We are proud of the fact that 100 percent of our program completers in Elementary Education pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school. Our Early Childhood program is new, but we hold it to the same standards as the Elementary Education program. We have Elementary Education alumni from SGU in school districts throughout Oklahoma.