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B.A. in Early Childhood
Education (Birth-3)

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Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Birth-3)

Through the early childhood education major at Cornerstone University, you are prepared to teach birth-K and grades PK-3, influencing young minds to grow during some of their most formative years.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • On Campus


  • Grand Rapids

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.


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.


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


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


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


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

Program Features and
Learning Outcomes

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.

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 major 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 early childhood classrooms, inclusive early childhood classrooms and early childhood special education classrooms.

Program Learning Outcomes

The early childhood education program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas.

Specialized Knowledge

Students will demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of education.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in discipline-specific pedagogy.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of educational theory.
  • Develop a specialized knowledge of diverse learners.

Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning

Students will exhibit competency in applying your knowledge in instructional planning, classroom management and soft skills in a classroom setting.

  • Plan and implement learning experiences that accommodate and meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Demonstrate effective implementation of instructional theory and pedagogy.
  • Assess students’ current competency of knowledge and skills.

Intellectual Skills

Students will demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.

Civic and Global Learning

Students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.

Biblical Worldview Integration

Students will articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

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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 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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