Early Childhood Education
About Early Childhood Education
Early childhood educators play a crucial role in society, instilling children in Pre-K through 5th grade with a lifelong love of learning and helping shape future leaders. The early childhood education program at Valdosta State was the university’s first major and continues to provide an exceptional education to students through its belief in the idea of positively impacting learning through evidence-based practices.
Early Childhood Education at Valdosta State University
The early education program at Valdosta State boasts small class size, with an average of 25 students per class. Students have personal and meaningful relationships with their professors and have an opportunity to deepen their relationship with faculty members by accompanying them to various conferences in the region. Students can also participate in a number of organizations on campus, including the Student Council of the International Reading Association, the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, an organization for exceptional early childhood education majors. Students may also participate in the college’s Literacy Place Reading Clinic in which Valdosta State students tutor children from the community. Students have access to new technology such as iPads, and every classroom is equipped with a Smart Board.
- Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)
- Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
About the Early Childhood Education Curriculum
The undergraduate curriculum exposes students to a variety of grade levels, schools and mentors, building a foundation for a deep understanding of and appreciation for teaching. Students are required to spend a minimum of 900 hours in the classroom throughout the program, which enhances their electronic portfolio and gives them a competitive edge. This invaluable field experience also fosters creative and critical thinking skills, helps students develop new ideas and lesson planning techniques, and serves as an invaluable networking tool.
Students in the master’s program hone their skills and develop the ability to deal with the intricate aspects of the teaching experience. Through a rigorous curriculum, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the dominant theories of child development and learning. Students focus their studies on research, learning, educational assessment, ethics and law and learn how to create environments that address the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and cultural needs of young children.
- Childcare analyst
- Children’s minister
- English as a second language teacher
- Family services worker
- Head Start teacher
- Nursery school teacher
- Parent educator
- Pre-K through 5th grade teacher
- Preschool teacher
- Religious school teacher
- School administrator
- Social services specialist
- Special education teacher
- Teaching assistant
- Youth program director
- Youth specialist for nonprofit organization
*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.