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Bachelor of Science (BS), Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education program combines research and hands-on training in the field and classroom. You’ll teach in public and private classroom settings in diverse environments, including elementary and preschool settings. Our program is certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and focuses on literacy, math, and science curriculum development. You’ll learn how to incorporate play and learning in the classroom as it relates to a healing environment. You’ll be prepared to obtain your state-required literacy and early childhood certifications before graduation.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

121

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 121
Program Type: BS
Location: Seated (Main Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 Years (8 Semesters)
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

National statistics show that by the end of third grade, 74% of struggling readers will never catch up. This important statistic drives our program’s emphasis on literacy. Over the course of your studies, you will take four literacy courses, including Literacy Development for All Students, Literacy Development: Assessment Guides Instruction, Literacy Development: Informed Instructional Decisions, and Literacy Development Across the Curriculum and Across Grade Levels. These four courses are required for the Read to Succeed certification, which all Anderson University graduates receive.

Career Outlook

Your Early Childhood Education degree from Anderson University gives you the skills and training you need to become a certified educator. Educators are in high demand across the country and a South Carolina certification is reciprocal in 47 states, creating an open path for you to step into any classroom across America. The median salary for an elementary school teacher is $61,350, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many educators choose to obtain a master’s degree to increase earning potential.



Starting Salaries

Principal: $98,420 Preschool Director: $47,310 Recent national median salaries sources: Bureau of Labor

 

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

National statistics show that by the end of third grade, 74% of struggling readers will never catch up. This important statistic drives our program’s emphasis on literacy. Over the course of your studies, you will take four literacy courses, including Literacy Development for All Students, Literacy Development: Assessment Guides Instruction, Literacy Development: Informed Instructional Decisions, and Literacy Development Across the Curriculum and Across Grade Levels. These four courses are required for the Read to Succeed certification, which all Anderson University graduates receive.

Career Outlook

Your Early Childhood Education degree from Anderson University gives you the skills and training you need to become a certified educator. Educators are in high demand across the country and a South Carolina certification is reciprocal in 47 states, creating an open path for you to step into any classroom across America. The median salary for an elementary school teacher is $61,350, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many educators choose to obtain a master’s degree to increase earning potential.



Starting Salaries

Principal: $98,420 Preschool Director: $47,310 Recent national median salaries sources: Bureau of Labor

 

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

No previous degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official high school or GED transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous school.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Two essays (prompts) OR Official SAT, ACT, or CLT scores

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Application Deadline

Anderson University has a rolling admission process (students are notified when the are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1st for the best scholarship consideration and no later than July 1st to begin in the fall semester.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): No
Program Director:
Dr. Kim Tisi
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
41 Credit Hours – University Core Requirements | 70 Credit Hours – Early Childhood Education Major Core Requirements | 4 Credit Hours – Cognate Course Requirements | 6 Credit Hours – General Electives
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