Program Overview

Early childhood education--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. 

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education for the purpose of preparing pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of pre-k and elementary school education. The program is designed and committed to providing a comprehensive course to produce teachers who are reflective practitioners in their field that provide professional service to their communities. The program is committed to preparing teachers who are knowledgeable, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a perse student population. Please note that after completing the program, students still required to seek licensure to begin their teaching careers. 

As part of the curriculum, students will be required to take specialized classes relating the profession of teaching to the psychological and physical needs of working with young children. These courses include life/learning skills, English composition and research writing, critical connections, human communication, interpersonal communication, computer software, college algebra, statistics, general fitness, study in fitness, foundations of theology, philosophical foundations, the twentieth century world, and a variety of other electives needed to complete the degree program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The Education Department is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    School Overview

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, 4-year, liberal arts women’s college located in Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The school was founded in 1840 and was associated with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1841, an academy for women was established by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. SMWC is the oldest Catholic women’s college in the nation. The school was actually the first women’s college to offer journalism courses and degree work for secondary education.

    At present, SMWC offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees in over 30 majors on-campus and online.


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