Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (Grades Pre K-4)

Like most people, you may remember a special teacher who inspired you and helped you to succeed. Teachers play a vital role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children during their formative years.  

By earning Alvernia’s Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Grades Pre K-4), you can acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to become a successful classroom teacher.

Our program emphasizes a broad-based liberal arts background along with specific education courses that prepare you to teach children from kindergarten through grade fourth. You’ll also get field experience by observing and participating directly in local school classrooms.

Help children develop to their highest potential—find out more about Alvernia’s Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Grades Pre K-4) today! This program is only offered at our Schuylkill Center (Pottsville) location.

Bachelor of Arts – Early Childhood Education (Grades Pre K-4) Requirements

Liberal Arts Core (47/48 credits)*

General Electives (as needed)**

Grades Pre K-4 Requirements (70 credits)
SPE 100 Introduction to Exceptionalities in Children and Youth
SPE 211 Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Students with Disabilities
ED 200 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education
ED 204 Human Development and Learning
ED 208 Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School
ED 209 Planning, Instruction & Assessment
ED 210 Methods for the Elementary Inclusive Classroom
ED 300 Teaching Science in Elementary School
ED 302 Principles of Writing Instruction
ED 306 Field Experience II
ED 310 Skills for Early Childhood Education
ED 313 Managing Classroom Learning Communities
ED 314 Teaching the Arts in Elementary School
ED 400 Assessment and Evaluation
ED 402 Professional Seminar
ED 403 Reading Methods for the Elementary Inclusive Classroom
ED 404 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
ED 414 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School
ED 436 Field Experience III
ED 470 Student Teaching
ED 472 Student Teaching Seminar

Note: Grade of C or better is required for all Education courses

Related Requirement

COM 270 ESL Teacher
MAT 106 Mathematics for Teachers II

*Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associate’s degree must complete 33/34 Liberal Arts Core credits.

**A total of 123 credits including 3 credits in a human diversity course are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree. To adhere to Franciscan Values, community service hours are also required. In addition, at least 30 credits at the 300/400 level must be taken at Alvernia University.

For more information about this exciting degree opportunity, contact the Schuylkill Center Director at our Schuylkill Center, at 1-888-ALVERNIA (1-888-258-3764, ext. 9) or You can also use the request form to learn more about the Early Childhood Education degree program.

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