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Early Childhood Education

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Shape the hearts and minds of future generations with an Early Childhood Education degree from North Greenville University.

Education Grads Find Jobs
100% of NGU’s job-seeking education graduates land a teaching job soon after graduation (2022-2023).
NGU Education Graduates
South Carolina. The United States. Around the world. Over 1,200 NGU education graduates teach in both public and private schools across the globe.
Years of Experience
Want to learn from the best? Our faculty have over 200 combined years of teaching experience in both public and private schools.

Your Calling: Their Future

Impact the lives of children in a variety of professions: Preschool, private, and public-school teacher, childcare director, children’s ministry worker, missionary, social worker, and more.

Little hearts and minds grow up to become family, community, and world leaders. Help shape future generations with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from NGU.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education?

Early childhood education is essential for helping young children grow and learn during their crucial early years. Teachers create a supportive and exciting environment that sets the stage for a lifetime of curiosity, growth, and ongoing learning.

They use fun activities, meaningful social interactions, and age-appropriate lessons to ignite kids’ love for learning and build vital social and emotional skills for their future success. Being a teacher in this field is incredibly rewarding because you make a lasting impact and ignite a lifelong love of learning in children’s hearts.

Preschool Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher

1st–3rd Grade Teacher

Childcare Center Director

Childcare Worker

Parent Educator

Experience Learning Outside the Classroom

It All Starts with Observation

Engage in public school settings right off the bat. Observe teachers and students in actual classrooms. Examine and discuss various case studies. Enrich your experience through specialized school visits.

Serve Students in Their Communities

Experience life beyond the classroom as you complete a 12-hour service project. Better understand the needs of at-risk students while serving their real-world communities. 

Practice What You Teach

Study. Observe. Engage. Teach! Before you graduate, complete at least 720 field-experience hours in a South Carolina public school setting. Now that’s hands-on experience! 

The Final Step: Acing Those Interviews

The transition from learner to leader takes practice. Prepare to launch your career as you develop interview skills and practice the interview process with local public-school principals. 

ECE Beside Experienced & Faithful Educators

Constance Wright, EdD
Dean, College of Education
Nancy Caukin, EdD
Associate Dean, College of Education
Melissa Cruver, EdD
Department Chair, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Andrew S. Hodges, MEd
Program Director, Secondary Education
W. LaVelle McCray, MEd
Instructor, Education
Sarah McKinney, MEd
Instructor, Education
Linda O. Parker, EdD
Assistant Professor, Education

Study All Aspects of Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Year 1

Year 1 Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging the Biblical Narrative
  • Integration of Technology
  • Planning and Assessment
Early Childhood Education Year 2

Year 2 Sample Courses

  • Child Development
  • Oral Communications
  • Classroom Management
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • P.E. and Health Methods
Early Childhood Education Year 3

Year 3 Sample Courses

  • Reading and Writing in the Content Area
  • The Exceptional Learner
  • Methods and Materials for the Young Child
  • Human Growth and Development in Education
Early Childhood Education Year 4

Year 4 Sample Courses

  • Arts Integration
  • Family and Community Relations
  • Professional Teaching Expectations
  • Directed Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching Seminar

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel for the first seven semesters, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Have Questions about the Early Childhood Education Program?

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Melissa Cruver, EdD

Department Chair, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
864.977.2907 melissa.cruver@ngu.edu
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