Early Childhood Education

Reaching young hearts

You have the opportunity to mold and shape a child’s mental, social, and spiritual life during the crucial formative years. By selecting Maranatha’s Baptist Christian Early Childhood Education degree program, you will be an elementary education major specializing in early childhood. You’ll be prepared to teach children from infancy through ages 12 or 13.

If you prefer to earn a two-year degree, you will be prepared to work in daycare, after-school programs, and preschools. You’ll gain great teaching ideas ranging from curriculum and methods in art to physical activities for the preschool child, not to mention hands-on fieldwork experience. And if you ever choose to pursue more college training, your associate degree can be rolled into a four-year elementary education or early childhood degree.

“I love helping my students acquire the tools they will need to be successful in the classroom.” – Dr. Christine Lincoln, Faculty

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On the job experience

Would you like to gain valuable experience teaching children and get paid for it before you ever finish you degree? Maranatha has many student job opportunities including working at Kiddie Kampus, a pre-school branch of Maranatha.

Layna Steurwald, the director of Kiddie Kampus, hires many students from campus each year to assist in classrooms as well as teach. Find out more about on-campus jobs that are available..


Our faculty knows education

“I love helping my students acquire the tools they will need to be successful in the classroom,” Dr. Christine Lincoln said. “My desire is to train quality Christian teachers.”

Dr. Lincoln brings both academic and practical skills to her classes. She taught in an elementary school for 20 years, but also earned a master’s degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Read more about our Teacher Education faculty.

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Teacher licensure program

Teacher education graduates at Maranatha can apply for licensure through both the American Association of Christian Schools and the State of Wisconsin.

Our teacher education programs are approved for teacher certification through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Click here for more information on teacher licensing.

Your potential career (4 year)

  • Preschool teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Early childhood program director
  • Educational consultant
  • Curriculum developer
  • In-home daycare director
  • After-school program worker
  • Mission field teacher
  • Child care facility teacher

Your potential schedule (4 year)

Fall Spring 
Freshman Fieldwork0Foundations of Education2
Introduction to Sociology3Math for the Elementary Teacher 23
Child Care & Development2Old or New Testament Survey3
Math for the Elementary Teacher 13English Composition 23
Old or New Testament Survey3Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
English Composition 13General Pyschology3
The Modern World3
Fall Spring Summer 
Sophomore Fieldwork0The Exceptional Child3Geography course3
Children’s Literature3Screening, Diagnosis, & Prescription2
Instructional Media & Technology3Biology, Ecology, & Environmental Science for the Elem. Teacher4
Human Relations3Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3
Program & Curriculum for the Preschool Child3Literature Elective3
Parent Education & Involvement2Music Elective2
Baptist Heritage3
Fall Spring Summer 
Curriculum & Methods in Reading3Curriculum & Methods in Mathematics3Bible Elective3
Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies3Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities3
Junior Practicum0Administration of Early Childhood Programs3
Developmental Psychology3Physical Activities for Preschool Child2
Curriculum & Methods in Art1Astronomy, Geology, & Meteorology for the Elementary Teacher4
Curriculum & Methods in Music1Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Educational Assesment2
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Education Seminar0Student Teaching12
Pre-ST Portfolio Review0
Educational Psychology3
Teaching Language Arts3
Classroom Management2
Chemistry & Physics for Elem. Teacher4
United States History 13
Bible Elective3

2 Year Early Childhood Program

Maranatha's two-year Early Childhood degree will help prepare you to work in daycare, after-school programs, and preschools. You'll gain great teaching ideas and hands-on fieldwork experience. You will also take beneficial courses in Bible, science, math, American studies, and other core subjects. If you choose later to pursue a four-year degree, you can easily switch to our Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education majors.

Your potential schedule (2 year)

Fall Spring 
Child Care & Development2Early Childhood Fieldwork 11
Parent Education & Involvement2Admin. of Early Childhood Programs3
Old or New Testament Survey3Language Acquisition3
English Composition 13Old or New Testament Survey3
The Modern World3English Composition 23
Math for the Elementary Teacher3United States History 13
Fall Spring 
Early Childhood Fieldwork 21Early Childhood Fieldwork 31
Children’'s Literature3Child Guidance2
Curriculum & Methods in Art1Screening, Diagnosis, & Prescription2
Curriculum & Methods in Music1Physical Activities for Preschool Child2
Program & Curric. for Preschool Child3The Exceptional Child3
Baptist Heritage3Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2BEESET (for 4 hours) or Science concept course3
Music Elective2

Your potential career (2 year)

  • Child care facility director or worker
  • Preschool teacher
  • After-school program activity director