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 this 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.
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.
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)
|Freshman Fieldwork||0||Foundations of Education||2|
|Introduction to Sociology||3||Math for the Elementary Teacher 2||3|
|Child Care & Development||2||Old or New Testament Survey||3|
|Math for the Elementary Teacher 1||3||English Composition 2||3|
|Old or New Testament Survey||3||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||2|
|English Composition 1||3||General Pyschology||3|
|The Modern World||3|
|Sophomore Fieldwork||0||The Exceptional Child||3||Geography course||3|
|Childrens Literature||3||Screening, Diagnosis, & Prescription||2|
|Instructional Media & Technology||3||Biology, Ecology, & Environmental Science for the Elem. Teacher||4|
|Human Relations||3||Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism||3|
|Program & Curriculum for the Preschool Child||3||Literature Elective||3|
|Parent Education & Involvement||2||Music Elective||2|
|Curriculum & Methods in Reading||3||Curriculum & Methods in Mathematics||3||Bible Elective||3|
|Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies||3||Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities||3|
|Junior Practicum||0||Administration of Early Childhood Programs||3|
|Developmental Psychology||3||Physical Activities for Preschool Child||2|
|Curriculum & Methods in Art||1||Astronomy, Geology, & Meteorology for the Elementary Teacher||4|
|Curriculum & Methods in Music||1||Bible Doctrine 1 or 2||3|
|Bible Doctrine 1 or 2||3|
|Education Seminar||0||Student Teaching||12|
|Pre-ST Portfolio Review||0|
|Teaching Language Arts||3|
|Chemistry & Physics for Elem. Teacher||4|
|United States History 1||3|
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)
|Child Care & Development||2||Early Childhood Fieldwork 1||1|
|Parent Education & Involvement||2||Admin. of Early Childhood Programs||3|
|Old or New Testament Survey||3||Language Acquisition||3|
|English Composition 1||3||Old or New Testament Survey||3|
|The Modern World||3||English Composition 2||3|
|Math for the Elementary Teacher||3||United States History 1||3|
|Early Childhood Fieldwork 2||1||Early Childhood Fieldwork 3||1|
|Children's Literature||3||Child Guidance||2|
|Curriculum & Methods in Art||1||Screening, Diagnosis, & Prescription||2|
|Curriculum & Methods in Music||1||Physical Activities for Preschool Child||2|
|Program & Curric. for Preschool Child||3||The Exceptional Child||3|
|Baptist Heritage||3||Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism||3|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking||2||BEESET (for 4 hours) or Science concept course||3|
Your potential career (2 year)
- Child care facility director or worker
- Preschool teacher
- After-school program activity director