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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE | EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Overview | Early Childhood Education

 As an Early Childhood Education major, you have the opportunity to mold and shape children’s mental, social, and spiritual growth during the crucial formative years. Research shows that by giving young children a sense of security and equipping them to handle the stresses of life, you can enhance their brain development. With a solid biblical foundation, this program trains you to model consistent Christlikeness and communicate truth to young children.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify a variety of differences among students and individualize instruction accordingly.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan for instruction, incorporating a wide variety of strategies for instruction and classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge and application to the teaching of their content.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and interpret a wide variety of assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to teach content according to a biblical worldview.

 

 

 

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Child Care & Development (2)
  • Math for the Elementary Teacher 1 (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

  • Physical Activites for the Preschool Child (2)
  • Math for the Elememtary Teacher 2 (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 16

    Semester 1

    • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
    • Children’s Literature (2)
    • Instructional Media & Technology (3)
    • The Exceptional Child (3)
    • Program & Curriculum for the Preschool Child (3)
    • Baptist Heritage (3)
    • Bible Elective (3)

    Total Credits: 18

     

    Semester 2

    • Upper Level Status (0)
    • Early Childhood Assessment(2)
    • Human Relations (3)
    • Biology, Ecology, & Environmental Science for the Elementary Teacher (4)
    • Curriculum & Methods in Social Studies (3)
    • Language Acquisition (3)
    • Christian Life, Leadership, & Evangelism (3)

    Total Credits: 18

      Semester 1

      • Curriculum & Methods in Reading (3)
      • Junior Practicum (2)
      • Curriculum & Methods in Art (1)
      • Curriculum & Methods in Music (1)
      • Developmental Psychology (3)
      • Parent Education & Involvement (2)
      • Child Guidance (3)
      • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

      Total Credits: 18

      Semester 2

      • Curriculum & Methods in Math (3)
      • Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities (3)
      • Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3)
      • Astronomy, Geology, & Meteorology for the Elementary Teacher (4)
      • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
      • Music Elective (2)

      Total Credits: 18

       

      Semester 1

      • Education Seminar (2)
      • Educational Psychology (3)
      • Physics for the Elementary Teacher (2)
      • United States History 1 (3)
      • Literature Elective (3)
      • Bible Elective (3)

      Total Credits: 16

      Semester 2

      • Student Teaching (12)

      Total Credits: 12

      Alumni Spotlight

      Kimberly Ward (’17)
      Kimberly (Richerson) Ward graduated in 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She currently teaches kindergarten at Calvary Baptist School’s Hidden Treasures Preschool in Midland, MI. Kimberly continues to work on her education through Maranatha Baptist University in pursuing a concentration in special education. She believes the faculty’s love for their students showed her how to invest and love her own students. She states, “The hands-on activities and observations helped greatly as I entered the classroom. I was prepared in classroom management, parent communication, and I was shown firsthand how to love my students. The last years have been awesome learning and being able to apply what I learned in school to the classroom.”

      Emily Klier (’19) lives in Elyria, OH. She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She now teaches first grade at First Baptist Christian School. She shares, “Maranatha prepared me for my career so well! The professors in the education department were amazing. Each class taught me to engage my students in lessons and help students with various needs to succeed. The professors also provided an example of how a Christian teacher should love their students. I always knew that the professors wanted me to succeed, so I strive to make the same impact on my students.” 

      Related Majors

      Elementary Teacher Education
      English Education
      Special Education

      Related Minors

      Early Childhood Education
      Music Education
      TESOL

      Potential Career Fields

      Preschool Teacher
      Early Childhood Program Supervisor
      Elementary School Teacher
      Curriculum Developer
      Mission Field Teacher

      *Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
      specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

      MBU Program Faculty

      Janelle Coleman

      School of Education | Assistant Professor

      Credentials:

      MEd Teaching and Learning, Liberty University
      MS Pupil Personnel Services, Bob Jones University
      BS Elementary Education, Bob Jones University

      Christina Miller

      School of Education | Instructor

      Credentials:

      MS Special Education, University of North Dakota

      Christine Lincoln

      School of Education | Professor

      Credentials:

      EdD Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jones University
      MEd Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
      BS Elementary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

      Regina DeLozier

      School of Education | Associate Professor

      Credentials:

      MA Education Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix
      BS Mathematics and Engineering Physics, Northeastern State University

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