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Overview

You have a strong desire to work with young children. You enjoy working with others. You enjoy collaborating on projects and presentations. You have an interest in how children develop and grow. You have strong creative tendencies.

If this describes you, then the early childhood education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Early Childhood Education Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a teacher.

 

Major Description 

 

As an early childhood education major, you will spend much of your time gaining hands-on experiences that will help you develop appropriate teaching practices. You will learn about educational theories and teaching practices, as well as how to create multi-faceted lesson plans and then execute these plans in public school settings.

By your senior year, you will have taught for a full semester in a South Carolina public school setting. After taking and passing all state-required exams, you can apply for teacher certification in the state of South Carolina. Students graduating from this program become certified to teach in preK to third grade in South Carolina.

Ultimately, the early childhood education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of educational pursuits.

 

Curriculum

 

The Early Childhood Education Department curriculum at NGU prepares students to become effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners. Current best practices are utilized to teach students how to become engaging, effective teachers.

Field placements are provided during all four years of study, so students have many opportunities to learn and grow in a variety of public school settings. 

Faculty Strengths

 

The faculty members in the Early Childhood Education Department all have extensive experience in public and private school settings as teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches, or even administrators. Our professors are highly qualified to teach in the university setting.

These faculty members place emphasis on continual learning, professional growth and development, and use of current pedagogical practices in the field
 

Tracks / Concentrations

 

There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.

Electives

 

There are no electives for this major available at this time.

Success

Future

 Career Opportunities

 

  • Private school teacher
  • Public school teacher

 

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • North Greenville University
  • Converse College
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia

Employers

 

  • Asheboro City Schools
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Guilford County Schools
  • High Point Christian Academy
  • Pickens County School District
  • Polk County Schools
  • School District of Pickens County
  • Spartanburg School District 1
  • Spartanburg School District 5
  • Spartanburg School District 7


 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Public School Observations

A variety of opportunities are provided for students to engage in experiences in public school settings. Beginning in the freshman year, observations of teachers and students are required. Case studies and specialized school visits enrich the learning for each student in the program.

Lesson Planning

Time is spent learning to write and develop lesson plans in a lab setting, and group projects in each class help students prepare for cooperative learning experiences.

Community Service

Each student completes a 10-hour service project in the community that aligns to helping students who are at risk.

Mock Interviews

In their senior year, students in the early childhood education program learn interview skills and practice the interview process with actual public school principals.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Introduction to Education (2 hours)
Introduction to History of Music (1.5 hours)
Introduction to History of Art  (1.5 hours)
College Algebra  (3 hours)
Foreign Language II (same) (3 hours)
First-Year Experience  (1 hour)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Contemporary Math  (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey or New Testament Survey (3 hours)
General Psychology  (3 hours)
Integration of Tech in Curr. (2 hours)
Foreign Language III  (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

U.S. History to 1865  (3 hours)
Integrated Biology (4 hours)
Oral Communication  (3 hours)
Foundations of Education  (2 hours)
Child Development  (3 hours)
Foreign Language IV (3 hours)
P.E. and Health Methods  (1 hour)
P.E. for the Teacher  (2 hours)
U.S. History after 1865  (3 hours)
Integrated Physical Science (4 hours)
English 2000-level course  (3 hours)
Introduction to Early Childhood (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

World Religions (3 hours)
Educational Psychology (4 hours)
Assessment of Young Children  (3 hours)
Literature for Children (3 hours)
Utilizing Technology EC (2 hours)
Guiding Behavior of Young Children (3 hours)
Materials/Methods YC (3 hours)
Reading Methods YC  (3 hours)
SS for Young Child  (3 hours)
Building Family and Community (4 hours)
The Exceptional Learner (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Integrated Curriculum I (6 hours)
Integrated Curriculum II (6 hours)
Autumn Experience  (1 hour)
Open elective (3 hours)
Directed Student Teaching (12 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

 

  • Plan and execute effective lesson plans.
  • Differentiate instruction for a diverse group of students in a classroom.
  • Work with co-workers, parents, and community members in a positive and meaningful way.

 

Resources

 

 

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