Online Early Childhood Education Degree Overview


What is the Early Childhood Education program at Bluefield College?

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at Bluefield College prepares students to teach children ages birth to age eight in high-quality, developmentally appropriate settings. Teachers in the field play a vital role in the development of young children. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world around them. These early learning experiences profoundly affect an individual’s future quality of life.

How is the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) delivered?

The BS in ECE will be delivered in a totally online format with occasional optional offerings in a traditional or seminar format. New courses in ECE will be combined with current course offerings in education to provide a rigorous, high quality major.

Because this is not a licensure program, students are not required to pass Praxis and Reading for Virginia Educators assessments, and with the online format, this program is accessible to a wide variety of potential students.

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Early Childhood Education Major Internships

Internships in early childhood education are an important component of the program. Students enrolled in the program take an initial field experience course, ECE 2011 Introduction to Early Childhood Field Experience, and are placed in a developmentally appropriate environment that serves birth to 8 years old for practical experience as an observer/participant under the supervision of mentor teachers and/or relevant administrative personnel.

During the last year of their program, students majoring in Early Childhood Education will complete 120 hours of field experience, but will choose the internship course that most closely fits their career goals. For those whose interest is in administering and supervising programs for young children, students will enroll in ECE 3116 Early Childhood Program Management and Practicum, where emphasis is placed on the director’s role in staff recruitment, hiring, development, and evaluation. Those whose primary interest is in teaching will enroll in ECE 4116 Early Childhood Practicum, which will provide opportunities for students to put theory into practice while teaching and guiding young children under the supervision of a mentor teacher.

Early Childhood Education Major Outcomes

Why study Early Childhood Education?

A Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education provides opportunities in a variety of settings, such as childcare programs, public schools, churches, government agencies, non-profit organizations, medical and health related services and social service agencies. Careers could include directly working with children, supervision and training of staff, support and education for families, and advocacy within the community about the education and needs of children.

Career Opportunities

Child Care Administrator/Director Preschool Teacher
Home-Based Service Providers Professional Development Coordinator
Technical Assistance Specialists Family Specialists/Counselor
Children’s Museum Project Coordinator Private Nanny
Playground Aide Family Child Care
Home Visitor Family Services Coordinator
Early Head Start and Head Start Social Services Coordinator
Family Outreach Specialist Resource and Referral Specialist
Childcare Licensing Agent Early Childhood Consultant

Clubs and Organizations

NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children SVEA Student Virginia Education Association

Contact Information

Dr. Donna Hardy Watson

Dr. Donna Hardy Watson
Associate Professor of Education; Dean, School of Education

276.326.4475

 

 

 

 

Jamie Blair

Class of 2015

"What I love about Bluefield College is the fact that I am not a traditional student, but still getting the on-campus college experience. Through the online program, I feel extremely connected to my fellow students and always have great feedback and communication with the faculty and staff. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!

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