A.S. in Early Childhood

Teaching is the one profession that creates
all other professions.

Today’s teachers are expected to fulfill many roles, serving not only as learning facilitators but also as mentors, counselors, visionaries, role models and more.

Though the investment is demanding,  there are few higher or more rewarding callings than that of teacher. Our professors equip students to serve in any educational setting while strengthening their faith as the firm foundation for their careers.

Students of the Teacher Education program will be equipped to give children and youth the learning tools to make positive life choices. You will be equally prepared to serve in the areas of academic teaching, missions, literature, and church education.

The Associate of Science Degree in Teaching is designed for those who desire to work with young children in childcare facilities or as an instructional aid, this program places emphases on early childhood development and working with young learners. Upon successful completion of this program, the student will qualify for the certificates for early childhood.


65 hours, with a 2.0 g.p.a. in all segments of the degree noted below.

BIB 1100 Introduction to Biblical Studies 2
BIB 1250 Evangelism & Discipleship 2
BIB 1011 OT Survey: Law and History 3
BIB 1031 NT Survey: Epistles & Revelation 3
BIB 2032 OT Survey: Poetry & Prophecy 2
BIB 2062 NT Survey: Gospel & Acts 2
IDS 1902 Christianity, Culture, & Worldview 2


ENG 1011 Basic English Grammar, Usage, & Intro to Composition I 3
ENG 1022 Basic English Grammar, Usage, & Intro to Composition II 3
HIS 1011 History of Western Civilization I 3
HIS 1022 History of Western Civilization II 3
MAT 2011 Math Concepts 3
MUS 1002 Music Introduction and Appreciation 3
PHE 2100 Lifetime Fitness 2
IDS 1001 Leadership and Calling: Personal Development 2
IDS 2001 Leadership and Calling: Leadership Principles 2


PSY 2401 Lifespan Development 3
PHE 3503 Psychomotor Development of Children 3
EDU 2001 Introduction to Education 2
EDU 2312 Classroom Management 2
ECE 2411 Infants and Toddlers 3
ECE 2512 Teaching Young Children 3
ECE 2702 Creative Development 2
EDU 3801 The Exceptional Child 3
EDU 4111 Language and Arts Instruction 3

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.

EDU 2312/3312. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT – This course introduces various methods related to methods of guiding the behavior of young children and includes “best practice” techniques in classroom management. 

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.

EDU/PSY 3801. TEACHING THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD – An introduction to the characteristics of exceptional children, including the English Language Learner, in light of psychological findings, student achievement, and teacher observations based on experience and education. Examines current research on exceptionalities and means to determine educational needs. Surveys developmental characteristics, emotional and environmental stimuli and resultant behavior, at-risk characteristics, and legal and educational requirements. Emphasizes learning styles and correlation to teaching strategy success, including techniques for the use of technology and classroom practices necessary for educating the exceptional learner in the regular classroom, focusing on optimum integration consistent with good educational application for all exceptionalities.