Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education
Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Social Science
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

The Early Childhood Education major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach pre-kindergarten through second grade classes.

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.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

Early Childhood Teacher- Public, Private, or Parochial School
Lead Teacher or Manager- Day Care Center, Head Start Center
Director- Camp
Public Relations- Non-profits, corporate PR departments
Corporate Training- Human Relations
Advisor- Community or Small College Admissions

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

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.

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

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.

Our Commitment To You: 

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 St. Gregory's in school districts throughout Oklahoma.

For more information about becoming a St. Gregory's Early Childhood Education major, email us at lgfischer@stgregorys.edu.

SUGGESTED RELATED MAJORS: Elementary Education, Secondary Mathematics Education, Secondary English Education, Secondary Life Science Biology Education, Secondary Social Studies Education