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 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.

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

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 students at Maranatha can choose to follow a licensure program that will allow them to teach in the public school setting. The license program requires two teaching placements and a full semester of student teaching.

Once students have completed the program, they will be eligible to apply for a teaching license through the 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 
Introduction to Sociology3Foundations of Education2
Child Care & Development2Math for the Elementary Teacher 23
Math for the Elementary Teacher 13Old or New Testament Survey3
Old or New Testament Survey3English Composition 23
English Composition 13Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
The Modern World3General Pyschology3
Fall Spring 
Sophomore Fieldwork0Upper Level Status0
Children's Literature3The Exceptional Child3
Instructional Media & Technology3Physical Activities for Preschool Child2
Human Relations3Biology, Ecology, and Environmental
Programs & Curric. for Preschool Child3Science for the Elementary Teacher4
Curriculum & Methods in Music1Christian Life and Leadership3
Curriculum & Methods in Art1Literature Elective3
Baptist Heritage3Music Elective2
Fall Spring 
Curriculum & Methods in Reading3Curriculum & Methods in Mathematics3
Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies3Diagnosis and Trmt of Reading Disabilities3
Junior Practicum0Admin. of Early Childhood Programs3
Developmental Psychology3Screening, Diagnosis, & Prescription2
Parent Education & Involvement2Astronomy, Geology & Meterology
Geography course3for the Elementary Teacher4
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Summer 
United States History 23
Bible Elective3
Fall Spring 
Education Seminar0Supervised Student Teaching-License12
Pre-ST Portfolio Review0Post-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
Program & Curric. for Preschool Child3Physical Activities for Preschool Child2
Parent Education & Involvement2Old or New Testament Survey3
Old or New Testament Survey3English Composition 23
English Composition 13The Modern World3
Math for the Elementary Teacher3Biology, Ecology, and Environmental
Science for the Elementary Teacher4
Fall Spring 
Early Childhood Fieldwork 21Early Childhood Fieldwork 31
Children's Literature3Language Acquisition3
Curriculum & Methods in Art1Screening, Diagnosis, & Prescription2
Curriculum & Methods in Music1Admin. of Early Childhood Programs3
Baptist Heritage3The Exceptional Child3
United States History 13Christian Life and Leadership3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2Open1
Music Elective2

Your potential career (2 year)

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