Bachelor of Science
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood at Greenville
The bachelor of science in early childhood education (ECE) prepares you with licensure to teach children from birth through age eight. Create developmentally appropriate, child-centered, and play-based experiences. Learn to educate the whole child, and become skilled at engaging families in the education of their children. Gain experience in our Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP). Double major in ECE and elementary education to expand your options and teach through 6th grade.
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Gateways ECE credential. Greenville University is a Gateways to Opportunity entitled institution for the ECE credential levels 2,3,4, and 5.
Character education. Earn nationally recognized certification in character education from Character Plus and learn to educate the whole child.
Fully accredited. Our School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Double licensure. Complete double licensure requirements for early childhood and elementary education in a four-year bachelor's degree program. Double licensure allows teachers to work with students from birth through grade 6 in public schools, providing a wide range of opportunities.
I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. When visiting Greenville, I was informed about the possibility of double majoring in early childhood and elementary education, and why wouldn't I want to take advantage of that? Such a big decision for someone at that age. I was also informed that it was the best education program in the state. I cannot rave enough about the classes, experiences, and the placements I had as a student. After two very successful student teaching placements, the rest for me is history. I couldn't ask for anything more!"
-Lauren Brewer Vohlken, early childhood and elementary education
Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.
The early childhood education major provides a course of study leading to certification to teach children from birth through third grade. This major requires that students complete 88 hours of credit. As an option, students may complete an additional three courses for Early Childhood special education approval. Students completing this major are eligible for a bachelor of science degree.