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Early Childhood Education  PreK-Grade 4

The Early Childhood Education certification program at Moravian University prepares knowledgeable and competent professionals to become educational leaders. We provide a comprehensive approach to mentoring pre-service teachers through teaching and research.

Moravian University's early childhood pre-service teachers are knowledgeable about the organization and philosophy of early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practices, child development, the pre-kindergarten through fourth grade curriculum, strategies and skills for effective practice and management, the use of date to inform instruction, current skills in the use of educational technology, and the design of successful interventions responsive to the needs of individual children.

Early childhood certification candidates are required to complete a liberal arts core of studies, an academic major in any discipline, education courses for teacher certification, and a sequence of field experiences that are developmentally appropriate, linked directly to education coursework, and occur in a variety of educational settings.

Major Requirements 

Students seeking certification in early childhood education must complete a major of their choice as well as the University’s program of general education (Learning in Common). If preferred, early childhood education certification candidates may complete a pre-approved interdisciplinary program, which is composed of either eight or nine course units. Students should consult with departmental advisors for details concerning the selected major. 

Professional Education Courses Required for Certification

Recommended for the freshman year

  • EDUC 100.2 Intro. to the Education of English Language Learners (fall)
  • EDUC 160 Culture, Community & Diversity: Intro. to Critical Pedagogy (spring; 40 hour Stage 1 & 2 Field Experience/ fulfills M3)
  • EDUC 214.2 Music and Movement (spring)

Recommended for the sophomore year

  • EDUC 210 Child Development & Cognition I (fall, 40 hour Stage 1 & 2 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 213.2 Imagination & Creativity in Young Children (fall)
  • EDUC 216 Early Childhood Theories, Practices, & Family Partnerships (fall)
  • EDUC 244 Including Students with Disabilities (fall)
  • EDUC 211 Child Development & Cognition II (spring, 40 hour Stage 1 & 2 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 222 Emerging Language & Literacy, PK-Grade 4 (spring, Educ 211 Co-requisite)

Recommended for the junior year

  • EDUC 312 Data Driven Analysis & Decision Making in ECE (fall)
  • EDUC 322 PK-Grade 4 Inst. Strategies for Math Thinking (fall with 358.2)
  • EDUC 324 PK-Grade 4 Social Studies (fall with 358.2)
  • EDUC 358.2 Pre-Student-Teaching Field Experience (fall, 75 hour Stage 3 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 218.2 Wellness, Movement & Health for Young Children (spring)
  • EDUC 321 Language Arts for Children, PK-Grade 4 (spring with 359.2)
  • EDUC 323 PK Inst. Strategies for Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning (spring with 359.2)
  • EDUC 359.2 Pre-Student-Teaching Field Experience (spring, 75 hour Stage 3 Field Experience)

Recommended for the senior year

  • EDUC 375-7 Student Teaching Experience (fall recommended, Stage 4 Field Experience)
  • EDUC 370 Seminar for EC: Advocacy, Ethics, Leadership, Collaboration

Important Guidelines

  • Students must complete all foundation (100 level) courses with a grade of C or better in order to continue taking upper level courses. Students in the early childhood program should take Education 100.2 in their first term of study at the University.
  • Students must have an overall QPA of 2.7 in order to take education courses at the 200 level or above.
  • A lab science (F4) course with a grade of C or better is required prior to enrolling in EDUC 323. MATH 197 with a grade of C or better is the pre-requisite for EDUC 322, and an American history course with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for EDUC 324.
  • All education courses must be completed prior to the start of student teaching. No other courses should be taken during the student teaching semester which is completed in the senior year.
  • Any of the above courses which you plan to complete at another institution must have prior written approval of the program coordinator.

Program Coordinators

Dr. Jean L. DesJardin
Education Department Chair, Program Coordinator and Advisor

Dr. Tristan Gleason
Education Department Post-Baccalaureate Advisor