Program Overview

Early childhood education, from Pre-kindergarten and elementary school has been discovered over the past two decades to be the biggest indicator of success in school for children. Students who have nurturing environments and programs designed to help them develop the skills they need to understand later materials and coexist with other students and teachers, are almost guaranteed to be more successful in school and in life to students who are not adequately prepared in early years. As part of that requirement, elementary school teachers are needed who are knowledgeable and competent in the needs of student as they develop during early years. 

East Carolina University offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education for the purpose of preparing pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of elementary and middle grades education. The program is committed to providing comprehensive programs, clinical experiences, and producing teachers who are reflective practitioners who provide professional services to their communities. The program is committed to preparing teachers who are knowledgeable, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a diverse student population. 

As part of the curriculum, students will have a general education program to complete before beginning courses relating to their field, in order to help establish the student as a well-rounded individual and professional. The general education courses include speech communication, public speaking, and college algebra, principles of microeconomics, American history, college algebra, psychology, developmental psychology and literature. Afterward, students will begin their studies in classes designed to help them teach children, including composition, people, places, and environments, world geography, American history, health in modern society, college algebra, technology in education, persity, foundations of American education, foundations of school learning, motivation, and assessment, curriculum and standards in elementary school, and many other elementary based educational courses to help develop the student into a productive and professional elementary-level educator.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    East Carolina University is a public research university located in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded in 1907, East Carolina University began as the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Today, ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina.

    Students at ECU can earn their degrees in a variety of subject areas. These fields of study include dance education, finance, biochemistry, instructional technology, management and many others. At ECU students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to post-secondary certificates.

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