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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. The best classroom practices available today are utilized to help students 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

 

  • Childcare Director
  • Children's Ministry Worker
  • Missionary
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Private School Teacher
  • Public School Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher's Assistant

 

Postgraduate Studies

 

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

Potential 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



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 & Resources

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1

EDUC 1210 Intro to Education (2 hours)
ENGL 1310 Comp & Rhetoric (3 hours)
MATH 1310 College Algebra (3 hours)
Foreign Language I (3 hours)
ARTS 1150 Intro to History of Art (1.5 hours)
MUSC 1150 Intro to History of Music (1.5 hours)
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210 (1 (2) hours)

SEMESTER 2

EDUC 1215 Integration of Technology (2 hours)
ENGL 1320 Comp. & Literature (3 hours)
MATH 1315 Contemporary Math (3 hours)
Foreign Language II     (3 hours)
CHST 1310 Old or New Testament (1320) (3 hours)
PSYC 2310 General Psychology (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.

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1

EDUC 2230 Foundations of Education (2 hours)
COMM 2300 Oral Communications (3 hours)
BIOL    1440 Integrated Biological Sci. (4 hours)
HIST    2310    US History to 1865    (3 hours)
ECED 2360 Child Development (3 hours)
EDUC 3350 Exceptional Learner (3 hours)

SEMESTER 2

EDUC 2120 P.E. & Health Methods (1 hour)
EDUC 2220 P.E. for the Teacher (2 hours)
EDUC 2300 Foundations of Reading (3 hours)
HIST    2320 US History after 1865 (3 hours)
PHSC 1440 Integrated Physical Science (4 hours)
ECED 3330 Intro 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.

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1

CHST 2335 World Religions (3 hours)
ECED 3340 Assess. Young Child (3 hours)
EDUC 3300 Literature for Children (3 hours)
ECED 3210 Utilizing Technology in EC (2 hours)
ECED 3380 Guided Behavior of YC (3 hours)
EDUC 3410 Education Psychology (4 hours)

SEMESTER 2

ECED 3335 Methods & Materials for YC (3 hours)
ECED 3650 Reading Assess. & Methods for EC (6 hours)
ECED 3360 SS for Young Child (3 hours)
ECED 3470 Building Family & Comm. (4 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.

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

SEMESTER 1

ECED 4610 Content Area Reading & Writing w/ Integ. Curric. I (6 hours)    
ECED 4620 Integrated Curriculum II (6 hours)
ECED 4110 Autumn Experience (1 hour)

SEMESTER 2

ECED 4650 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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