Across the state and nation, early childhood education teachers are in high demand — and there’s little wonder why. It takes incredibly special people to work with the youngest students.
You’ve got to be patient, caring and warm. You’ve got to know how to embrace the chaos, realize that fancy clothes are overrated and be ready to deal with tears and infectious giggles — sometimes all at once. And, most importantly, you’ve got to be able to make learning fun and engaging with lessons that strengthen cognitive, emotional and physical development.
In other words, working in early childhood education isn’t easy.
But the rewards are priceless. Study after study has shown the critical importance of high-quality early learning programs in building the foundations for success in school and in career. In other words, a robust early learning program can change a child’s life.
As an early childhood educator, you’ll have the awesome responsibility — and the incredible privilege — to create positive, stimulating and practice-informed learning experiences for young children, primarily ages 2 ½ through 6. Your mission: Instill children with a joy to learn.
That, of course, is no small task. But we’ll help you get there.
Our Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree is aligned with state requirements and National Association for the Education of Young Children standards. Our ECE major is also flexible, offered through online courses that allow you to fit instruction into a busy schedule. And of course, our program offers robust student supports and stresses hands-on learning.
B.S. Early Childhood Education (Online)
This program prepares candidates interested in working with young children ages two and a half years through six years in private schools and other educational environments. The Early Childhood Education major meets NAEYC accreditation standards and Hawaii state registry requirements for ECE.
Upon completion of the our initial teach licensure programs, a graduating student will demonstrate the following competencies:
- Knowledge of subject matter such as reading/language arts, mathematics, social sciences, science, visual arts, musical arts, and kinesthetic arts (Content Knowledge)
- Knowledge of how students develop and learn, including how to engage students in developmentally appropriate experiences that support learning (Developmentally Appropriate Practices)
- Knowledge of how to teach subject matter to students and apply a variety of instructional strategies that are rigorous, differentiated, and focused on the active involvement of the learner (Pedagogical Content Knowledge)
- Knowledge and application of appropriate technology for student learning (Technology)
- Knowledge and use of appropriate assessment strategies that enhance the knowledge of learners and their responsibility for their own learning (Assessment)
- Skills for adapting learning activities for individual differences and the needs of diverse learners while maintaining safe, positive, caring, and inclusive learning environments (Diversity)
- Skills in the planning and design of meaningful learning activities that support and have positive impacts on student learning based upon knowledge of subject matters, students, the community, curriculum standards, and the integration of appropriate technology (Focus on Student Learning)
- Professional dispositions, professionalism in teaching, ethical standards of conduct consistent with Marianist values, and positive and constructive relationships with parents, the school community and colleagues (Professional and Ethical Dispositions and Communication)
B.S. Early Childhood Education (Online) Degree Requirements
Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.
- PSY 202 Child Development
- ED 101 Introduction to Chaminade ECE*
- ED 215 Music, Art & Creative Movement in Early Childhood Education
- ED 217 Health & Family Issues in ECE
- ED 233 Intro to Early Childhood Education I
*Prior to taking any early childhood courses, it is required that the student ED 101 Introduction to Chaminade Early Childhood Education course.
- ED 222 Educational Technology
- ED 413 Childrens’ Literature
- ED 433 Developmentally Appropriate Practice I
- ED 434 Developmentally Appropriate Practice II
- ED 471 Language Arts: Curriculum & Methods
- ED 473 Math Curriculum & Methods
- ED 474 Curriculum Foundations
- ED 479 Leadership & Guidance in Ed
- ED 491A Seminar
- ED 498A Fieldwork Experience
- ED 491B Seminar
- ED 498B Fieldwork Experience
Note: Fieldwork experience and Seminar must begin within two terms of the last major requirement course completion. ED 491A and ED 498A must be taken concurrently in the winter or summer term and ED 491B and 498B taken in the following spring or fall term.
A.S. Early Childhood Education (Online)
A.S. Early Childhood Education (Online) Degree Requirements
- Minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a GPA of 2.0 in all work completed at Chaminade is required for this degree.
- Completion of all general education requirements including 15 semester hours of course work, and 12 semester hours in the area of emphasis will count towards the degree completion
Note: Courses are offered strictly online and/or on several designated Chaminade off-campus locations.
- PSY 202 Child Development
- ED 101 Intro to ECE
• ED 215 Music, Art & Creative Movement in Early Childhood Education
• ED 217 Health & Family Issues in ECE
• ED 233 Intro to Early Childhood Ed I
• ED 234 Intro to Early Childhood Ed I
• ED 297 Fieldwork Practicum
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