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BS in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies

Those interested in pursuing a career working with pre-K children could develop an understanding of child development and learning abilities when they study in Liberty University's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies program. Get more details about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required to enroll in this bachelor's degree program. Students might have taken prior courses in education and might display stronger than average communication and leadership skills. Applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are some effective approaches to early childhood education? Which factors contribute to wellness in early childhood settings? What intervention strategies are used for the exceptional child? Students of Liberty University's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies program could expect to explore these topics within this curriculum. Other topics might include early childhood training and education theories, developmental stages in the human lifespan, and curriculum development in early childhood education. Classroom management techniques, instructional methods, learning theory, and teaching strategies for differentiated instruction are also covered. Students have the opportunity to choose a supervised field experience in an actual classroom.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies:

In this program, students will be required to complete 57 credits in major foundational and education courses, 15 credits in early childhood courses, and 39-42 credits in the general education curriculum. A total of 3-24 credits in free electives are also taken. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (39-42 credits)

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Communications Elective
  • Information Literacy Elective
  • Information Literacy Elective
  • Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning
  • Math Elective (MATH 114 or higher)
  • Christian Life and Biblical Worldview
  • Critical Thinking Elective
  • Cultural Studies Elective
  • Natural Science Elective
  • Social Science Elective
  • Survey of Old and New Testament
  • Introduction to Theology Survey

Major Foundational Courses (27 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Principles of Biology
    • Principles of Human Biology
  • Speech Communication
  • Composition and Literature
  • History of Western Civilization I
  • Survey of American History I
  • Elements of Mathematics
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Elements of Earth Science
    • Elements of Physics
  • General Psychology

Major Core Courses Area of Study I: Education (33 credits)

  • Principles of Education
  • Learning Theory and Portfolio Development
  • Instructional Practices for Math Teachers
  • Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers
  • Classroom Management for Teachers
  • Educational Philosophy for Teachers
  • Instructional Practices for Differentiated Instruction
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Current Issues in Education
    • Field Experience Capstone
  • Cultural Studies Elective
  • Two free electives

Major Core Courses Area of Study II: Early Childhood Courses (15 credits)

  • Early Childhood Education Fundamentals
  • Wellness in the Early Childhood Setting
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Exceptional Child

Elective Courses (3-24 credits)

  • Students choose 3-24 credits in electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BS in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies program could go on to earn a master's degree in teaching that might be needed to satisfy teaching licensure requirements. Studies in a master's degree program could focus on education theories and trends and may help prepare students to apply behavioral and classroom management techniques in early childhood or elementary school settings.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education

Career Paths:

After meeting all of the requirements of the BS in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies program, graduates could seek employment in childcare centers, preschools, or elementary schools. They might deliver instruction to students or be involved in curriculum development and student assessments. Some careers might require a teaching license.

Some career options for graduates include:

  • Tutor
  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Childcare center director
  • Early childhood center owner

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