Program Overview

Early childhood education 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 opposed 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 an Associate degree in Kindergarten through Grade 6 Education for the purpose of preparing students for a four-year education degree in the areas of elementary school education. The program is intended to be a non-licensing stepping stone for students who wish to find careers as teachers or as counselors for children from kindergarten through grade 6. 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 formed on the basis of developing skills in education and providing an education in childhood development and learning strategies. These courses include development of life/learning skills, English composition and research writing, human communication, interpersonal communication, computer software, college algebra, statistics, philosophical foundations of education, observations in the schools, philosophical and ethical foundations of education, growth and development, education in a global society, collaborating with families and community resources, educational psychology, inclusive elementary education, paraprofessionals in the schools, principles of teaching in inclusive settings, and language arts for the perse classroom, among many other courses designed to train future teachers to work with children in an elementary educational setting.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    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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