Current:Early Childhood Education (B.S.): Pre-K to 4
ESU applies a nationally recognized model to prepare the next generation of educators.
ESU's Early Childhood Education Program has adopted the Professional Development School
(PDS) model, which is shown to be one of the best teacher preparation models. ESU's
Early Childhood program focuses on continuous professional learning and leading for
all participants, guided by need and a spirit and practice of inquiry.
Our program makes a shared commitment to reflective practice, responsive innovation,
and generative knowledge. It is built upon shared, sustainable governance structures
that promote collaboration, foster reflection, and honor and value all participants’
voices. Our program creates space for, advocates for, and supports P–4 teachers to
succeed in well-defined, boundary-spanning roles that transcend institutional settings.
All About Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 4) at ESU
Our students are engaged in innovative, research-based instruction with the latest
technologies used in schools.
Students apply theory and practice in a wide range of educational settings and work
alongside master teachers in best-practice Professional Development Schools.
Students are nurtured to develop a beginning educator’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions
relevant to the content, the learner and the learning environment, teaching and learning
process, and professionalism.
The mission of our program is to create a community of learners who are competent
and reflective professionals able to teach any child in any setting.
Our four-year Early Childhood (Pre-K to 4) and Early Childhood Professional Programs
are designed to offer students a curriculum of general education and professional
early childhood/elementary education that combine forward-thinking theory with its
direct application teaching in our Professional Development School (PDS) partner schools.
Graduates of ESU’s Early Childhood Education program obtain jobs and build successful
careers in traditional school settings as well as community-based education centers,
museum programs, science centers, educational publishing, and ministries.
Our alumni earn positions as:
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Childcare Center Directors and Childcare Workers
Education Program Directors
Home Care Centers educators
Industry Care Centers educators
Specialists in Family Support
Internships and Research Opportunities
Teaching in Pre-K Setting
Teaching in Elementary Setting
Our program also offers the following research opportunities
Student Learning Objective (SLO) Project
Summer Research Project
Our students present their research at various local, national, and international
conferences. Students publish in scholarly journals as well.
Learn more about ESU and the Early Childhood Education major.