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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 who will meet their cognitive and developmental needs from a biblical perspective. Our Early Childhood / Elementary Education program provides you with the biblical education and practical experience that is necessary to point young children to Christ.

Download a printable Early Childhood Education PDF here.

Our program is well-respected within the educational community for its ability to produce graduates who are equipped to teach with excellence in any classroom setting. You’ll receive both practical teaching skills and biblical knowledge, effectively preparing you to be a light for Christ in the lives of young students.

Meet Jenna Bont, a student in the Early Childhood/Elementary Education program. Ashley Birchard

Read more about Jenne here.

"By far, I can say that the BBC staff has influenced me the most. The professors have been such an encouragement to me." - Jenna Bont, BBC student

BBC offers you two options
Early Childhood PreK, A.A. degree (two years)
Early Childhood / Elementary Education PreK to grade four, B.S. in Educations degree(four years)

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 include:
Early Childhood Education Theories and Practices
Family, Community and Diversity
Effective Instructional Strategies for the Young Child
Child Development

Additional courses in the four-year program include:
Reading Methods for the Developing Child
Development of Language and Literacy
Differentiated Reading Instructions and Interventions
Advocacy, Leadership, and Collaboration
Assessment of the Special Needs Child

Hands-on experience
You’ll gain important practical experience through classroom aiding and observing. As a student in the four year program your senior year will include two periods of student teaching, one in a public school and one in a Christian school.

Many options after graduation
Two-year degree
Our two-year Early Childhood PreK 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 age four in various settings including schools, churches, pre-school programs, daycares, and certain social agencies.

Four-year degree
You will earn a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Early Childhood / Elementary Education PreK- 4. You will graduate having completed coursework equivalent to a double major in Bible and Education . You may elect to receive a B.S. in Bible instead.

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 grade four. 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.

The opportunity to teach in other grades can exist as you progress in the profession and gain experience and opportunities.

What they say
“The professors are extremely personal and always willing to go above and beyond to help us. I also love the hands-on aspect of the program. We receive plenty of experience with children in the classroom before we student teach.”
- Becki Price, BBC graduate

“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!”
Laura Harding, BBC graduate

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