Early Childhood
(PreK-3)

As an Early Childhood major at Welch College, you will not have to wait until you graduate and get that first teaching job to understand what it takes to be a teacher.

We know that teaching is hands-on, and we believe that allowing you to practice your craft in real classrooms through local teaching opportunities like Junior Achievement and student teaching is the best way to prepare you to manage, teach and assess learners of different ages and learning styles.

To go along with your real-life training, you will gain a strong foundation in a variety teaching methods and theories from professors with decades of experience in the classroom. Our faculty is committed not only to equipping you with best practices of being a teacher, but also to helping you navigate today’s schools as a Christian professional.

NOTE: This program is designed for those who desire to work with young children, and it places emphasis on early childhood development and the teaching of reading and mathematics.

Program Details

38 hours of Arts and Sciences Core
30 hours of Theological Studies
26 hours of Professional Education Core
34 hours of Early Childhood

140 – Total credit hours

Sample Core Courses

EDU 2001. INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION – An introduction to teaching as a life work and profession, and guidance in determining the personal qualifications and professional training necessary in elementary and secondary schools.

PSY/EDU 2102. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY – Gives consideration to the learning experience in light of psychological findings, examining individual differences, hereditary and environmental factors, social characteristics, intelligence and testing. Emphasizes relationships between development and learning style, accommodating teaching strategies, and the use of technology in the learning environment. Includes a review of educational psychology in view of Biblical principles.

ECE 2411/3411. INFANTS AND TODDLERS – This course examines various methods of basic care-giving skills needed in order to become effective, competent, and qualified childcare providers including establishing appropriate learning, emotional, social, and physical environments for young children. Emphasis is placed on establishing safe and secure intellectually stimulating, and physically inviting atmosphere for infants and toddlers. Important childcare issues concerning assessment, child development, developmentally appropriate practices, health, individual and cultural diversity, family relationships, safety, growth, nutrition, professionalism, and numerous early childhood programs, professional organizations, and available resources in the community are explored.

ECE 2512/3512. TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN – This course investigates experiences and activities appropriate to young children and emphasizes procedures needed to meet children’s psychological, physiological, and social needs. Methods explored cover the planning and implementation of developmentally suitable learning environments (emotional, social, academic, physical, and the pre-production EL classroom), subject matter, schedules, and activities in language arts, math, and science.

ECE 2702. CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT – This course addresses the knowledge and skills that are essential for creating and implementing curricula appropriate for young children. Emphasized are developmentally appropriate learning environments (emotional, social, academic, and physical), subject matter, schedules, and activities by integrating play with drama, art, and music for students PreK-2. Defined are the stages of development in children’s creative abilities. Students will participate in and develop a collection of music, movement, and art activities appropriate for young children. Various teaching methods and techniques will be presented.