Early Childhood Education, Concentration: Reading
Bachelor of Science
Early childhood educators are equipped with specialized knowledge and skills to work with young children (birth through third grade) and their families.
In this program, you’ll study child development, the importance of early language experiences and the value of play. You’ll also gain the hands-on expertise you need to launch a career in the field, whether at a childcare center, at Head Start or in a school working with primary grade level students.
Our program is responsive to the growing need for highly-qualified early childhood professionals in Indiana and beyond. PNW faculty members have strong connections with the regional network of child care centers, Head Start and school districts. They actively promote the professionalization of early childhood education.
The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at PNW follows both inTASC and CAEP accreditation standards. Our curriculum includes courses in child development, literacy and special needs as well as hands-on experience in classrooms.
Start with an introduction to field-based classes and the fundamentals of working with children under age three.
- EDST 27000 – Early Childhood Education
- EDCI 27600 – Child, Family, School and Community Partnerships
Interview for full admission into the Educator Preparation Program and expand your knowledge of pedagogy.
- EDPS 27800 – Field Experience in Early Childhood I
- EDPS 27601 – Young Children with Exceptional Needs
- EDPS 27900 – Field Experience in Early Childhood II
Explore strategies for literacy and the development of creative learning activities.
- EDCI 31000 – Literacy and the Young Child
- EDCI 37101 – Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood: Creative and Affective Domains
- EDCI 36203 – Literacy Instruction in K-3 Classrooms
Conclude your studies with hands-on teaching experience. In your seventh semester, you’ll spend three days each week in the classroom before going on to a full-time student teaching assignment during your final term.
- EDCI 36800 – Literacy Intervention Strategies for Diverse Learners
- EDCI 32200 – English for New Language Learners
Studying early childhood education at PNW means that you will be immersed in early learning settings right away. You’ll gain valuable experience practicing teaching strategies, observing young children and nurturing their development. You will graduate eligible for the Indiana Initial Teaching License for PreK – Grade 3.
Because of the high demand for teachers who are qualified to meet the individual needs of exceptional students, our graduates are offered a broad variety of career opportunities. You can choose to teach in child care centers, K-3 primary grades or resource rooms in school districts across the country.
Funding opportunities available to Early Childhood Education majors include:
Beyond the Classroom
We encourage you to get involved in activities like:
- PEL Fellows
- Student Ambassadors
- PNW Aspiring Educators
You’ll find many opportunities to make a difference for students in roles such as:
- Primary grade (K-3) teacher
- Head Start lead teacher
- Child care center director
- Developmental therapist
Our alumni are thriving in:
- Laporte Community Schools
- School City of Hobart
- Duneland School Corporation
The Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) at PNW are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Being a part of the School of Education has opened up other opportunities for me. I was able to become a student ambassador, which allowed me to help others in my community.
Meet the Faculty
Interim Associate Director, School of Education
As interim associate director for the SoEC, Mary Jane Eisenhauer supports faculty, candidates and community partners to create environments and experiences that positively impact human growth and learning.
Dr. Jones teaches classes in the early childhood and special education programs and conducts research about teacher preparation and partnering with families in early childhood special education.
Continuing Lecturer of Education
I am a Continuing Lecturer for the School of Education and Counseling. My primary responsibilities include; teaching, supervising, and engagement. Currently I chair the Student Affairs Committee.