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Early Childhood

The early childhood program develops expertise in working with children from ages three through eight and pre-kindergarten through grade three. 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.

How We Prepare You

You will learn from caring, expert education faculty and gain valuable firsthand experience in area schools, helping you develop professionally and personally to make a difference in the classroom, your community, and beyond.

Program Coordinator:

Annie Moses, Ph.D.
Telephone:(216) 397-4693
amoses@jcu.edu

 

Program Specs

The early childhood major requires 75 credits in early childhood education and related coursework.

Admission Requirements
  • An interview with a faculty member.
  • A 2.7 grade point average in education coursework and in the integrative core.
  • A writing sample. 
  • Appropriate disposition for the profession.
Advising

Candidates are assigned an advisor in the Education Department. In addition, advising forms and four-year plans are provided to assist candidates and advisors in ensuring that candidates complete their program in a timely manner.

Program Highlights

PreK - 3rd

Teach in classrooms from PreKindergarten through Third Grade

Nationally Recognized

Our Early Childhood Program is nationally recognized by the Specialized Professional Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), through 2026.

A teacher reading to a student

Field Experience

Candidates 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.