If you want to major in Early Childhood Education, chances are good that at some point you were inspired by a remarkable teacher. While many people work in valuable and respected careers, few can make a difference in the lives of children as a teacher. Good teachers do not view their work simply as a job – it’s a calling.

In this major, you’ll receive a broad-based liberal arts background, along with education courses that prepare you to teach children in preschool through fourth grade.

Through three field work placements and a student teaching experience, you’ll gain knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children in a variety of educational settings. You’ll learn to understand and value a diverse population of students and to fully realize the vital and necessary work of a teacher.

Course work at Alvernia is designed to meet the new Pennsylvania State Department of Education and national standards, and will prepare you for certification in Early Childhood Education.

Your Career

There will always be a place for excellent teachers. Employment prospects vary from region to region, but employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates of Alvernia’s Early Childhood Education program are employed in nearly every school district in Berks and Schuylkill counties and surrounding areas. Alvernia teachers have taught in schools across the U.S. and in other countries, as well.

While you may be envisioning a career as a classroom teacher, teachers also serve in other capacities, including:

  • Educational consultant
  • Educational researcher
  • Child life specialist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Resource teacher
  • Textbook writer
  • Education and training administrator

When you graduate from Alvernia’s Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program, you’ll be prepared and eligible to take an Educator Certification test. Once certified, you’ll be ready to begin your career.


Acceptance into the Education Department requires that you’ve completed 48 credit hours of the Liberal Arts Core courses (55 credits), have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, pass a test of basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and complete graduation requirements, including community service. 

As an Early Childhood Education major, you’ll need to complete 60 credits in education courses. Those courses are:

SPE 100 Introduction to Exceptionalities in Children and Youth
SPE 315 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 440 Teaching Science in Elementary School
ED 302 Principles of Writing Instruction
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

Related requirements are:

ED 270 ESL for Teachers
MAT 106 Mathematics for Teachers II