Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree: Requirements

Published Aug 29, 2009

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A Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education prepares graduates to work with children ages birth through eight years old in elementary schools and daycare centers. Many Early Childhood Education undergraduate programs focus on child development so graduates learn to evaluate children's developmental needs and develop course curriculum to assist with those needs.

Major Requirements of an Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree

Students earning a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education must complete several major courses in child development and education such as health and nutrition for children, children with special needs, elementary school literacy and educational technology, according to Purdue University North Central. These courses teach students to create educational games and activities that foster children's imaginations and understanding of the world around them.

General Education Requirements of an Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree

In addition to the major requirements, students must also complete general education classes including writing, communication, literature, fine arts, math, science and history. These courses teach students critical thinking, interpersonal communication and time management skills, according to Miami University. Early Childhood Education students must have a basic understanding of these classes because they will teach some of these topics to children in their classrooms.

Student Teaching Requirement of an Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree

Almost all colleges and universities require Early Childhood Education undergraduate students to student-teach for at least one semester, usually during their last year of school. Student teaching enables undergraduate students to observe an experienced teacher and then administer their own lesson plans to the class. Students receive feedback and guidance from the experienced teacher and a student-teaching supervisor from their college or university who regularly visits their classroom. Some schools require students to student-teach in multiple school settings such as public or private schools and urban, suburban and rural schools, according to Miami University.

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