Early Childhood Education Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

The purpose of the Early Childhood Education program at North Greenville University is to offer a liberal arts-based curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Arts in the field of Early Childhood Education. In keeping with the institutionís Statement of Purpose, the program seeks to integrate academic disciplines, Christian lifestyle, and enriched cultural experiences to develop teachers whose knowledge, skills and dispositions foster contextual learning in the classroom.

The Conceptual Framework of the College of Education at North Greenville University reflects the collaborative intent of the faculty to prepare students to be effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners. An NCATE-accredited and NAEYC-approved program, the Early Childhood Education course of study prepares students to teach children from birth through grade three. Students who successfully complete the program fulfill the initial requirements for teacher certification in Early Childhood Education in South Carolina.

The early childhood education degree program offers a broad spectrum of early childhood education courses, including the exploration of current research and practice related to early childhood education. Students in the program study how children learn, early childhood development, nutrition/health/wellness, methodologies in content areas, childrenís literature, and developmentally appropriate curriculum. They also receive a broad educational background by completing general education courses in English, mathematics, humanities and sociology.

Career Options

The primary purpose of the B.A. in Early Childhood Education is teacher preparation. Graduates of the program expect to be classroom educators. However, a variety of other career options may also be available to program completers. They often find responsible positions in Headstart programs, day care centers or family day care homes, elementary schools, hospitals, recreation centers or other child-oriented businesses. Job opportunities for students with an early childhood education major are increasing as parents rely more and more upon childcare outside the home.

Other early childhood education degree graduates use their training in child development to supplement studies in nursing, dental hygiene, optometry, small business management and other business programs. Many early childhood education majors are enthusiastic about the fact that the area of study helps them become better parents.

Field Experiences:

Practical experience is another significant part of the early childhood education degree program. All early childhood education majors are required to complete diverse field-based experiences, beginning in the freshman year. The field experiences culminate in the 140-hour Autumn Experience in the senior year, followed by 60 full days of student teaching, under the guidance of a master classroom teacher, in the second half of the senior year. Content area examinations for Praxis II must be passed prior to student teaching.  The Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis II examination, may be taken after students are teaching. 

Early Childhood Education candidates are organized by cohorts within each Partner School. A faculty member, a faculty mentor, and a cooperating teacher support the field experience for each candidate. The mentor and cooperating teacher observe candidates teaching, and conference with candidates to provide on-going feedback and documentation. The classroom teacher compiles a formative evaluation following each lesson taught, a summative evaluation at the end of each semester, and an Assessment of Dispositions.  At the end of the semester the faculty member and the mentor share the summative evaluation with the candidate. 

Student Organizations

Many early childhood majors are members of the South Carolina Early Childhood Association. At NGU, the student chapter meets regularly with faculty sponsorship and hosts guest speakers, encourages professional development, participates in service projects, and supports friendships among the members. Beta Delta, honorary reading society of the International Reading Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development are other organizations available.


The early childhood education faculty at North Greenville University is committed to teaching. The faculty are intentional in preparing candidates to be effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners who make a difference. The faculty is available for informal interaction with students; the small class size supports student inquiry. The faculty is also committed to volunteer service in their respective communities and to supporting the Christian mission of the University.

General Education Requirements

BIOL 1440 & 1441, Integrated Biological Science and Lab    4 hours
CHST 1310 or 1320, Old or New Testament Survey    3 hours
CHST 2335, World Religions    3 hours
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210, First Year Experience     1 (2) hour
COMM 2300, Oral Communication    3 hours
ENGL 1310, English Composition and Rhetoric    3 hours
ENGL 1320, English Composition and Literature    3 hours
ENGLISH LITERATURE (ENGL 2000 level)    3 hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (Same Language 1320, 2310, and 2320)    9 hours
HIST 1360, Western Civilization Since 1715    3 hours
HIST 2310 or 2320, United States History to 1865 or Since 1865    3 hours
MATH 1310, College Algebra    3 hours
MATH 1315, Contemporary Mathematics    3 hours
MUSC 1320, Introduction to the History of Music and Art    3 hours
PHSC 1440 & 1441, Integrated Physical Science and Lab    4 hours
PSYC 2310, General Psychology    3 hours

Total     54-55 hours

Required Courses in Early Childhood Education

EDUC 1215, Integration of Technology in the Curriculum    2 hours
EDUC 1210, Introduction to Education with Field Experience    2 hours
EDUC 2120, Physical Education and Health Methods with Field Experience  1 hour
EDUC 2220, Physical Education for the Teacher    2 hours
EDUC 2230, Foundations of Education    2 hours
ECED 2360, Child Development    3 hours
EDUC 3116, Service Learning    1 hour
*EDUC 3300, Literature for Children    3 hours
ECED 3330, Introduction to Early Childhood Education    3 hours
*ECED 3335, Methods and Materials for the Young Child    3 hours
*ECED 3210, Utilizing Technology in Early Childhood Education   2 hours
*ECED 3340, Assessment of Young Children    3 hours
*ECED 3350, Reading Methods for Early Childhood Education    3 hours
EDUC 3350, The Exceptional Child Learner    3 hours
*ECED 3360, Social Studies for Young Children    3 hours
*ECED 3370, Building Family and Community Relations    3 hours
*ECED 3380, Guiding Behavior of the Young Children    3 hours
EDUC 3410, Educational Psychology    4 hours
*ECED 4110, Autumn Experience    1 hour
*ECED 4610, Integrated Curriculum I    6 hours
*ECED 4620, Integrated Curriculum II    6 hours
*ECED 4650, Directed Student Teaching for Early Childhood   12 hours

Total     71 hours

A minimum of 136-137 hours is required for degree completion in the Early Childhood Education Program.

*Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before they take the course.

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment.

For More Information

Ann Aust Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Early Childhood Education
College of Education

North Greenville University
P.O. Box 1892
Tigerville, SC 29688

864-977 7986