Early Childhood Education

| Bachelor of Arts |


The Columbia College Early Childhood Education Program is a four-year undergraduate program preparing early childhood professionals to work primarily in public and private schools (pre-K-3), in childcare centers, or in early intervention programs.
Students graduate with a BA degree from the Education Department with a major in Early Childhood Education. The main scope of preparation is ages 3-8, although courses and some field experiences introduce students to an earlier developmental range. The program is designed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Guidelines for initial certification for four-year institutions.

This program is also available in the Evening College for working professionals seeking a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Candidates in the Evening College must have enough work flexibility to be able to complete field requirements during the day, to include Directed Teaching, which is a 64 day full-time, in-school experience for all candidates.

For more information on the Early Childhood Education Program at Columbia College or to schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Karis Clarke, kclarke@nullcolumbiasc.edu or Dr. Christine Leblanc, cleblanc@nullcolumbiasc.edu.


Throughout the Early Childhood program there is an emphasis on attaining professionalism. Life-long learning, reflective practice, collaboration in the learning community, caring, ethical behavior, respect for diversity, and advocacy for young children are hallmarks of the Columbia College early childhood collaborative professional.

Early Childhood Education majors also complete the required coursework for Elementary Education certification during their program. Coursework in additional areas of certification, to include Special Education, are also available and students should meet with their advisor to plan accordingly.

Graduates of our program are successful in not only obtaining positions following graduation but also being successful in those positions.

B.A. in Early Childhood Education

Major Courses (48 semester hours required):

  • EDU 150 Introduction to the Profession of Teaching
  • EDU 210 Development and Learning: Birth through Age Eleven
  • EDU 318 Moral and Political Foundations of Teaching
  • EDU 328 Integrating Assessment and Instruction
  • EDU 329 Facilitating Learning Environments
  • EDU 336 Topics in Early Childhood and Special Education
  • EDU 354 Effective Science Strategies
  • EDU 358 Early Childhood Curriculum, Method and Materials
  • EDU 459 Early Childhood Curriculum, Organization and Management
  • EDU 361 Effective Social Studies Strategies
  • EDU 371 Foundations in Reading
  • EDU 372 Instructional Practices in Literacy
  • EDU 373 Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas
  • EDU 431 Effective Mathematics Strategies
  • EDU 452 Assessment of Literacy
  • SPED 332 Exceptional Learners

Field Placements (17 semester hours required):

  • EDU 160 Preparation for Careers in Education
  • EDU 260 Shadowing in Schools (Field Experience I)
  • EDU 360 Apprenticeship for Teaching (Field Experience II)
  • EDU 485LS Internship in Teaching (Directed Teaching)
  • EDU 486LS Professional Development and Teacher Leadership

| Bachelor of Arts |