Bachelor of Science 
Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education at Greenville 

A bachelor of science in early childhood education (ECE) prepares you to teach children from birth through age eight. You’ll learn how to create developmentally appropriate, child-centered, and play-based experiences for young children. Learn to educate the whole child and serve families in the process, by helping them engage in the education of their children. Gain hands-on experience teaching real children, participating in 300+ field hours through GU’s Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP) and in diverse settings with partnering school districts.
Double major in early childhood education and elementary education to expand your options and be licensed to teach through 6th grade.

Learn more about the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) scholarship.

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90% job placement
Ninety percent of graduates from Greenville University’s School of Education find work in the field of education within the first year after graduation.
99% pass rate on edTPA

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

300 classroom hours

Learn to educate the whole child. Acquire more than 300 hours of classroom experience in rural and urban settings.

Why GU


Double licensure. Complete double licensure requirements for early childhood and elementary education in a four-year bachelor's degree program. Double licensure allows teachers to work with students from birth through grade 6 in public schools, providing a wide range of opportunities.


Gateways ECE credential. Greenville University is a Gateways to Opportunity entitled institution for the ECE credential levels 2,3,4, and 5.


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 nationally recognized certification in character education from Character Plus and learn to educate the whole child.

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Early Childhood Education, BS Success Story

Success Stories

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. When visiting Greenville, I was informed about the possibility of double majoring in early childhood and elementary education, and why wouldn't I want to take advantage of that? Such a big decision for someone at that age. I was also informed that it was the best education program in the state. I cannot rave enough about the classes, experiences, and the placements I had as a student. After two very successful student teaching placements, the rest for me is history. I couldn't ask for anything more!"

-Lauren Brewer Vohlken, early childhood and elementary education

Early Childhood Education, BS Course Requirements

The early childhood education major provides a course of study leading to certification to teach children from birth through third grade. This major requires that students complete 110-116 hours of credit. As an option, students may complete an additional three courses for Early Childhood special education approval. Students completing this major are eligible for a bachelor of science degree. 


Visit the Online Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.