Early Childhood Education is a term that refers to educational programs and strategies geared toward children from birth to the age of eight.
This time period is widely considered the most vulnerable and crucial stage of a person's life.
Early childhood education often focuses on guiding children to learn through play. The term commonly refers to preschool or infant/child care programs.
Careers in early childhood and education include:
Information from: https://www.thoughtco.com/early-childhood-education-2081636
The Early Childhood Education PreK-4 program at Lincoln University is designed to prepare students to become highly qualified ECE professionals in order to teach in the surrounding and urban school settings. The goals of the program are to understand development, cognition, and learning for children from birth to age 9; master subject matter content and pedagogy for PreK-4; understand and administer assessment tools: PreK-4; develop the ability to establish family and community collaboration partnerships: PreK-4; be aware of professionalism required to serve in PreK-4 learning environments; and acquire knowledge about adaptations and accommodations for diverse learners, including English Language Learners, in inclusive settings. The program provides students with opportunities to develop the required skills, knowledge and dispositions to be competitive in acquiring teaching positions in public and private schools from PreK-4 and to be academically prepared to attend graduate school.
*Student Learning Outcomes are based on competency categories as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). SLO 6 is based on required PDE competencies for accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting and competencies for meeting the instructional needs of English Language Learners (ELL)
**NAEYC = National Association for the Education of Young Children
Please see the University Catalog for program requirements.