Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in Bible, Christian philosophy of education, foundations of early childhood education, methods of teaching, and other essentials designed to develop skills in early childhood education. Successful completion of the program will enable students to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Assistant Teacher Certification.

  1. Articulate a philosophy of early childhood education that is biblically based and theologically compatible with evangelical Christianity and the Pentecostal movement.
  2. Relate the importance of early childhood education to the total mission of the church.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of foundational theory in the field of early childhood education.
  4. Demonstrate basic competence in organizing and implementing teaching and learning experiences in the nursery school.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental process of human growth by matching appropriate methodology to specific age groups.
  6. Meet the challenge of service in a pluralistic and multicultural world with competence and confidence.
Course Code
Course Name
3 cr
Science Elective
3 cr
27 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools. Only required for non-ministry majors.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

CMS 233 Educational Technology 3 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of technology used in the educational setting. Included are digital media applications, along with projected, non-projected and audio media. The integration of media into the lesson planning process is a crucial component of the course.

ECE 123 Foundations, Principles and Practices 3 credits

This course examines current philosophies in the field of Early Childhood Education, the tension created by opposing philosophies, and how adherence to these philosophies is translated into educational principles and practices. The relationship between play and learning will be explored. Integration of curriculum into the learning experience in a developmentally appropriate environment will be stressed.

ECE 204 Methods and Materials 3 credits

These courses focus on developing an integrated curriculum based on the socio-emotional, sensorimotor, and cognitive skills of the 0-8 year-old child. Emphasis will be on providing an integrated, hands-on learning environment that parallels the maturation of the young child. Students will gain experience in lesson planning and practical use of curriculum materials. The courses will include classroom observations and field work.
Prerequisites: ECE 123 and EDU 103.

ECE 223 Classroom Management 3 credits

This course is a study in guidance in the Early Childhood classroom. Issues and topics to be explored include organizing, arranging, and maintaining the physical and learning environment; discipline and classroom management strategies; encouraging self-esteem and teaching children to negotiate; and parent/teacher/administrator relationships. Basic techniques of observing, evaluating, and recording child behavior in an objective and anecdotal manner will be studied.
Prerequisites: ECE 123 and EDU 103.

ECE 373 Language and Literacy Development 3 credits

This is an exploratory course investigating language acquisition, learning theories, the reading process, and their relation to the teaching of reading. The relationship between language development and emergent literacy, language models, communication and listening competencies, and the effect of a print-rich environment will be emphasized. Study will include the teaching of reading and language skills to elementary school-aged children, with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing development. Various approaches to teaching reading will be explored such as the use of phonics, basal readers, guided reading, balanced literacy, and reading workshop.
Prerequisites: CMS 233, EDU 263, EDU 103.

EDU 103 Child Development 3 credits

This course examines the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the child from birth through the childhood years (0-12), including the study of how children learn and acquire knowledge. Special attention will be given to leading theories of development and their implications in the early childhood and elementary classrooms.

EDU 333 Integrating the Related Arts 3 credits

This course offers an exploration of the integration of the creative arts in an elementary school setting. Special emphasis will be given to the areas of art, music, and creative dramatics and on how to integrate skills and activities in these areas into the elementary curriculum. A hands-on, thematic approach will be explored and adaptations for teaching the exceptional child, including the gifted, will be included.
Prerequisites: EDU 263 and FNA 113.

ENG 273 Children's Literature 3 credits

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Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497, and EDU 103 or PSY 283.

PSY 383 Educational Psychology 3 credits

A study of learning processes with practical applications for classroom teaching. Topics include human development, the impact of culture and community on learning, learning theory, motivation, testing, and assessment. This course includes a practicum involving observations and interviews with persons working in educational settings.

SPE 223 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 credits

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CRE 153 Children’s Ministries 3 credits

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CRE 223 Technology in Children’s Ministries 3 credits

A study of the philosophy for and pragmatics of contemporary usage of technology within children’s ministry. Exemplary examples of technology integration within the local children’s ministry setting will be explored and common software applications will be utilized to create technological tools to enhance ministry to children.

CRE 233 Puppetry 3 credits

A practical course designed to give the student a working knowledge of the creative art of puppetry. Includes techniques for making and using puppets, puppet staging, writing puppet scripts, and administering a puppetry ministry. Students will be involved in puppet productions designed to reach children with biblical truth. Practical field experience will be required. $45 lab fee.

CRE 333 Methods and Principles of Teaching 3 credits

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CRE 393 Children’s Presentations 3 credits

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