Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science | School of Education
Edinboro University

Get children off to a great start with your Early Childhood Education degree.

There’s important work to be done: educating children in pre-K to fourth grade. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree from Edinboro University, you will be armed with the professional know-how to create developmentally appropriate activities and lessons - and foster a lifetime love of learning in your students.

Expert faculty will help you explore child development and its impact in the early learning years. Through carefully designed coursework and extensive field experiences, you’ll gain insights into early childhood education and best practices in the classroom. You’ll also have access to the Literacy Center with its plethora of children’s literature, educational resources and curriculum materials and Edinboro’s on-campus Early Learning University, located directly behind Butterfield Hall.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be confident in your skills as an educator and ready to take the Pennsylvania Certification Exam.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Personalize your program with a dual degree, STEM endorsement or Deaf Studies minor.

Earn a dual degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than a quarter million students in Pennsylvania public schools alone require special education services.

Get out of the classroom early and often.

Starting with your freshman year, you’ll actively participate in the community, assisting local area school districts with events such as Literacy Nights, Family STEM events and tutoring inner city students. Consider participating in the Philadelphia Urban Seminar to earn credits, diverse classroom experience, various professional development opportunities and engagement in community service projects.

To help you hone your professional skills and develop as an educator, you will also have three field experiences with a minimum of 150 hours in the classroom, all before your student teaching semester! Each experience is designed for a particular age group so that you will have experiences with pre-K through the primary grades. Experiences include:

Pre-K experience - working with small groups of young children in an early learning environment.

Reading and language arts instruction and tutoring - working with small groups.

Grades 1-4 experience - teaching lessons and assisting the cooperating teacher on a daily basis.

Become part of the Edinboro legacy.

Since its founding in 1857, Edinboro has focused on teacher education. Our strong legacy translates to a philosophy of excellence and a commitment to developing future teachers who understand the professional, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being educators. As a student at Edinboro, you’ll have the opportunity to:

Learn from faculty who are passionate about teaching, research and scholarship. Most have terminal degrees in their field as well as experience in the classroom. They bring the real world and best practices together to create a dynamic and relevant learning environment.

Join a professional organization such as Council for Exceptional Children, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, BOROeyc, or the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Fraternity.

Graduate and join hundreds of Edinboro Alumni, who are teaching all across the country. You can also pursue one of Edinboro’s Graduate programs in reading education, curriculum and instruction and other education-related topics.

"My decision to attend Edinboro was the best one I’ve ever made for myself. The Early Childhood Education program provided me with countless opportunities to become a leader in the educational realm, and it helped to mold me into the person I am today."

Peyton Hanlon, Class of 2016