The early childhood program develops expertise in working with children from ages three through eleven and pre-kindergarten through grade five. In addition to John Carroll’s liberal arts core, you’ll take courses specifically related to this age group, but may also qualify for the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (valid for teaching grades four and five) through additional coursework and licensure exams.
The program recognizes that early childhood development is a process of accommodation between the child and the child’s environment. You’ll participate in multiple field experiences in diverse settings including the home, preschool, elementary school, and service agencies, and learn to translate content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge into practice. These experiences prepare the prospective teacher to understand and implement developmentally appropriate practices in the variety of environments affecting the young child.