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The early years of a child’s education are filled with wonder, discovery, and development. The foundation of their worldview begins to form as they consider their own identity, the value of others, and the importance of learning.

This process is greatly influenced by their teachers and caregivers. At this crucial period of life, children need teachers and caregivers who will meet their cognitive and developmental needs from a biblical perspective. Our Early Childhood Education program provides you with the biblical education and practical experience that is necessary to point young children to Christ.

BBC offers you two options
Early Childhood Education (two years) A.A. degree
Early Childhood Education (four years) B.S. degree

Download a printable Early Childhood Education PDF here.

In both programs you will gain competence in essential skills, such as methods, approaches, and understanding in early childhood development.

Core courses
In both programs
Active Learning in Early Childhood Education
Child, Family, and Community
Four Field Experiences in Early Childhood Education
Issues in Early Childhood Education
Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education

In four-year program
Educating Exceptional Children
English Language Learners
Teaching Children’s Literature in Elementary Schools
Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Schools
Teaching Math in Elementary Schools
Teaching Music and Art in Elementary Schools
Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools
Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools
Teaching Sciences in Elementary Schools
Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools
Technology in Education

Many options after graduation
Our two-year Early Childhood Education program provides you with your Associate’s degree and the experience to efficiently meet the diverse needs of children. You will be prepared to work with children ages birth to third grade in various settings including schools, churches, pre-school programs, daycares, and certain social agencies.

You will graduate from our four-year program having completed coursework equivalent to a double major in Bible and Education, and will be awarded a B.S. in Education.

As a graduate of the four-year program, you will receive certification from the Association of Christian Schools International to teach children from birth to third grade. You will also be eligible to apply for Pennsylvania state certification, which will allow you to teach in public schools. The state of Pennsylvania shares certification reciprocity with nearly every state, most likely enabling you to teach in the state of your choice.

What they say
“The most beneficial aspect of the Early Childhood Education program is the faculty. I would like to be a Children's Ministry Coordinator in a church, and the professors applied our learning about children, parents, and classroom activities to the local church. They really gave me a desire to work with children and their parents and to serve others.”
- Melissa Corey, BBC student

“My time at BBC left quite an impact on my life and truly prepared me for my career as a preschool teacher. BBC laid the foundation I needed for continued spiritual growth and the desire to love people as Christ would. My time at BBC adequately prepared me to fulfill my teaching responsibilities, but the most important lesson my time at BBC taught me is never to stop learning!”
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Laura Harding, BBC graduate, Aid at “Here We Grow” Daycare Center, Cortland, NY

Learn more
For details about the Early Childhood Education program, contact Caroline Burleigh, Coordinator for PreK-Fourth Grade Program.