Prepare to teach early learners in preschool through third grade in New Hampshire and many other states with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from SNHU. In this major, you'll study child development, family systems and curriculum and instruction methods that reflect the unique needs of children from preschool through age eight. At SNHU, you won't have to wait to see if teaching is right for you. Here, you'll begin working in real classrooms as early as your first semester, freshman year.
The early childhood education major provides a solid background in developmentally appropriate practice as defined by research.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in early childhood education at SNHU include:
The undergraduate early childhood education degree prepares you to teach early learners in preschool through third grade in New Hampshire and many other states. You'll gain field experience and be prepared for a number of career opportunities in various classroom and other settings.
Although competitive, the outlook for early education jobs in the years ahead looks promising:
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. SNHU cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
The Early Childhood Education Program leads to teaching certification for birth through grade 3. The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of child development, family systems, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This program prepares educators with a solid foundation in developmental theory, teaching methods, and a content area concentration in an academic discipline. Students examine traditional and innovative research-based approaches to teaching a diverse population of young children.
SNHU's BA in early childhood education curriculum provides a solid background in theory and practical experience. In addition to academic learning, students may choose from several field work opportunities. You'll learn from faculty with real-world teaching experience who serve on local, state and national education boards. SNHU's small, personal environment gives early childhood education students ample opportunity to form strong relationships with their professors and the local learning community.
Students take core early education theory and content-focused classes. Field work includes math and literacy nights in local districts, networking opportunities with teachers and superintendents, and student teaching experiences. Early childhood education students develop e-portfolios they can use to showcase their work to prospective employers.
Make a positive impact on the lives of learners with SNHU’s BA in Early Childhood Special Education. This campus bachelor’s program helps prepare students for eligibility to earn teaching certification in Early Childhood Special Education (N-3). Teachers with this certification are qualified to teach children with disabilities from birth through grade 3. Learn more.
SNHU's bachelor's in early childhood education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120 - 121
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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