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Early Childhood Education

Through the early childhood education program, you can prepare for a promising future in the classroom influencing young minds to become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.

Degree Type

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

Academic Division

  • Teacher Education Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of 2019 early childhood education majors were employed within six months of graduation.

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Of 2019 teacher education graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

Challenge, Inspire and Connect in the Classroom

Several school districts in the state of Michigan require an early childhood endorsement for lower elementary positions. At Cornerstone University, you’ll prepare to receive that endorsement through our rigorous, award-winning program in early childhood education. Through a well-rounded exploration of subjects like early reading, visual and performing arts and physical and health education, early childhood education students are equipped to serve in a number of capacities in early childhood education, from developmental kindergarten to elementary school.

Students in this program take Cornerstone core classes to supplement their elementary education courses and toward the end of their program participate in a student teaching practicum. They also have the option to include a second major in creativity and innovation if accepted into the Creativity and Innovation Honors Institute.

Careers

A wealth of opportunities is available to early childhood education majors. Here are some of the diverse educational contexts you’ll be prepared to teach in as a program graduate.

Opportunities

  • Public elementary schools
  • Child development centers
  • Preschools
  • Montessori schools
  • Head start programs
  • Directors of before and after school programs

Internships

During your program, you will take part in a student teaching practicum in an environment of your choice. Here are where some of our students have been placed in the past.

Opportunities

  • Coming soon!

Program Features

The early childhood education program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

The early childhood education program provides a student with two options: a ZS endorsement or an Associate of Arts degree.

Degree Planning Guides

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

Select a sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major or minor in early childhood education.

Elementary Education: Early Childhood Two-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Elementary Education: Comprehensive Major/Early Childhood Major Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Elementary Education: Early Childhood Minor Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

ZS Endorsement

Students in the early childhood and elementary program will be able to work toward a General and Special Education endorsement (ZS). For ZS endorsement, you will earn a minor that will lead to the Early Childhood Endorsement on the Elementary Teaching Certificate in the State of Michigan. As a ZS endorsed teacher, you will be able to teach in general education early childhood classrooms, inclusive early childhood classrooms and early childhood special education classrooms. These teachers are not qualified to teach self-contained Special Education classes in K-3.

Associate of Arts Degree

By selecting this program track, you can be qualified for school paraprofessional positions, Head Start teachers, childcare and preschool teachers and, in some cases, administrative positions within early childhood programs. If you decide at a later date to pursue a four-year degree and become certified as an elementary teacher, you can apply several of the classes required of the associate degree. Students are required to take the Cornerstone core, general education core for education students as well as six early childhood courses and a three-credit internship in a childcare or preschool program for a total of 65 credits. The Associates of Arts program is a beneficial choice for those desiring to work in school districts as substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.

Child Development Associate Credential

Another option for Early Childhood students is to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. The CDA is a national certification and credentialing program. “A CDA is one who is ‘able to meet the specific needs of children and who, with parents and other adults, works to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in a child development framework.’”

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our early childhood education program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

I loved having faculty members who took the time to get to know me, asked for prayer requests and opened class with prayer.

Brenna Threatt (’17)

Faculty

Faculty in the Teacher Education Division have years of classroom experience and are prepared to equip you to become a future educator.

Related Programs

Our Teacher Education Division has several programs for students who desire to become teachers. Take a look at some of the other programs available.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.