Early Childhood Education

This is a general overview of the program of study. Students interested in details and requirements should go to the on line catalogue.

A Career in Early Childhood Education

Young children are active, curious, and eager learners.  Between birth and age 8, children develop at a rapid pace and they need nurturing, dynamic teachers who provide experiences with social learning, language, math, movement, creative arts, and scientific concepts.  Stories, songs, games, blocks, and outdoor play are the tools of the trade.  Working with parents and families, early childhood professionals understand child development and learning to create safe and exciting environments in child care, preschools, and elementary schools.  There are also opportunities to work in hospitals as child-life specialists, as parent educators, and as child advocates.

The job outlook for early childhood professionals over the next ten years is expected to be excellent.

Program Overview

Purdue University North Central offers a program of study which leads to a degree in Early Childhood Education. Our candidates will have the knowledge that allows them to integrate theory with practice so that they will be viewed as effective and reflective educators.  They will possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and will be committed to providing all children with developmentally appropriate instruction to foster students’ learning, discovery, and engagement.

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Early Childhood Ed. General Course Requirements

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child, Family, School & Community Partnerships
  • Developmental Theory & Practice
  • Young Children with Exceptional Needs
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Nurturing and Guiding the Young Child
  • Observation, Assessment & Documentation
  • Media for Children
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Literacy Instruction in K-3 Classrooms
  • Literacy and the Young Child
  • Music and Movement for the Young Child
  • Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood: Creative & Affective Domains
  • Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood: Cognitive Domain
  • Expressive Arts/Social Studies in K and the Primary Grades
  • Science & Math in K and the Primary Grades
  • Practicum & Seminar in Early Childhood

Teaching License

Candidates who successfully complete the plan of study will also be eligible for Indiana initial teaching licenses of Early Childhood:  Generalist and Elementary/Primary:  Generalist, which would qualify them to teach Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

What’s Next?

Contacting the Admissions Department at PNC has never been easier! Call us at (219) 785-5505, email us at admissions@pnc.edu or complete our online request form.

For more information, contact Bianca Villarruel, Education Academic Advisor, at 219-785-5473 or bvillarr@pnc.edu.