Early Childhood Education Major

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Early Childhood Education Major Overview

With a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education (ECE), you'll be prepared and licensed for a career in teaching children from birth through age eight.  With our double major in Elementary Education, you can teach through 6th grade. Our early childhood program is specifically constructed to prepare you to create developmentally appropriate, child-centered, and play-based experiences, while learning skills to engage families in the education of their children.   

With the Early Childhood Education degree at Greenville University, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop curriculum, methods, and materials for children birth to eight.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of early childhood education through research and discussion-based courses.
  • Learn how to facilitate Character Education programs.
  • Understand the individual needs of each child, and create an environment where differences are celebrated. Understanding these differences, you can provide an environment for all children to be successful learners. 

Why earn your degree in Early Childhood Education at Greenville University? 

Double License. You can complete double licensure requirements for early childhood and elementary education in a four-year bachelor’s degree.  This will license teachers in the public-school setting from birth through grade 6, providing a wide range of opportunities.

From College to Career.  At Greenville University our School of Education graduates have a 90% job placement rate working within the field of education within the first year of graduation.

Fully Accredited.  Our School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Character Education. Earn a nationally recognized certification in Character Education from Character Plus, and learn to educate the whole child.

Licensure Exams.  Students at Greenville currently have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA, a high stakes test required in the State of Illinois for Licensure.

Gateways ECE Credential. Greenville University is a Gateways to Opportunity Entitled Institution for the ECE Credential levels 2,3,4, and 5

What are your career opportunities as an Early Childhood Education major?

There are several careers available for those with an early childhood education degree from Greenville University, and these are just some of the potential career opportunities.

Licensed Teacher Kindergarten- 6th grade

Licensed Preschool Teacher

Childcare Center Director

Childcare Center Teacher






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Career Opportunities

  • K-3rd grade teacher
  • Pre-K teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Community & Private Day Care Director
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