Early Childhood Education   

If you enjoy the charisma of children ages birth to 8 years old, then a degree in Early Childhood Education could create a career path for you! Limestone college offers 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! 

Educator Preparation Experiences

     

Practice: Limestone's Early Childhood program will provide students with multifaceted hands on experiences from pedagogy to practice! The field experiences include: assisting teachers in day care centers, elementary schools, parochial schools, community programs, special education settings, and off campus early childhood related field trips embedded in the coursework! The Limestone teacher education program is rich in experiences!

People: As a result of the low student to faculty ratio, the program is shaped by a "people-centered" environment that ensures students are provided with personable instruction and professional mentoring needed to achieve the goal of graduating and being ready on day one...as highly qualified teachers! The Limestone teacher education program is rich in relationships!

Placements: The Early Childhood program includes three clinical experiences. However, the capstone experience of the teacher education program involves a 12 week field placement! During this time students get to live out the love they have for teaching with the professional guidance of certified educators and professors who were also once classroom teachers! The Limestone teacher education program is rich in mentorship!

Professors: Twice per year in the spring and the fall, the early childhood students and professors come together for a meet and greet to spend quality time together. The goal is to learn more about each other, leverage connections, enjoy a meal together, encourage one another, and stay committed to the call of teaching! The Limestone teacher education program is rich in connections! Contact Dr. Teresa White for more information! twhite@limestone.edu

Coursework     

The Early Childhood coursework and professional development aligns with the rigorous standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Specific Goals of the Early Childhood Education Program

  • To professionally prepare educators in the areas of language, culture, and diversity.
  • To build a foundation upon the methods and content of early childhood education.
  • To be a model professionalism and ethical standards.
  • To equip teachers to utilize research to understand and promote developmental trajectories for children.
  • To engage in action research and inquiry based learning during field experiences.
  • To respect relationships with families and other field related experts with a team approach.