Bachelor of Arts — Early Childhood Education

Open the Door to Your Own Classroom with an Early Childhood Education Degree

Designed for those dedicated to developing the hearts and minds of young children for future success, the B.A. in Early Childhood Education equips you to identify and address each child’s individual needs so you may positively impact and guide them through these critical years of development. You will examine traditional theory as well as contemporary teaching methods to gain the knowledge and practical skills required to become effective teachers in the classroom.

What Will You Learn in Our Early Childhood Education Program?

Your B.A. in Early Childhood Education uses theoretical principles and practical coursework to give you a solid foundation upon which to build your career as a life-changing teacher. You will learn how to plan curriculum that will truly make a difference in the lives of children, how to manage the classroom in a way that is engaging and promotes growth, and how to evaluate the individual needs of every child in your classroom and help him or her meet the potential God has in instilled in them. Every child needs a teacher to help support and guide him or her through physical, intellectual and emotional growth.

Why Choose MACU?

At MACU, we strive to make our programs not only life-changing, but doable. Our close-knit campus community ensures you will receive individualized instruction and enjoy a familial atmosphere with your peers. Our professors and staff constantly lift our students up in prayer, walk alongside them in their educational journey and truly get to know them as an individual. We're regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so you know your degree and the money you invest into it truly means something. 

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Courses

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ECED3103 Nutrition and Physical Development in Early Childhood
This course examines basic health, safety and nutrition concepts that meet the needs of the young child in group settings. Psychological issues related to the nutrition of children, recognition of communicable diseases in young children, child abuse prevention and recognition, age-appropriate safety issues as well as state and federal regulations will be studied. Content also includes a study of the principles of creating developmentally appropriate physical development curriculum for young children.
ECED3203 Early Childhood Development and Learning
This course addresses developmentally appropriate practices and the teacher’s role in supporting the education and development of young children ages birth through eight. An emphasis is placed on curriculum planning including goals and objectives, environment, materials, and settings which meet standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills. Field experiences required.
ECED3223 Literacy Methods for Early Childhood
This course focuses upon the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Oklahoma State Reading/ English Language Arts Standards as they relate to Early Childhood grade level indicators, with emphasis on reading and writing processes and applications. The focus will be on teaching children to consider themselves to be readers and writers from the time they can listen to a story or hold a pencil. Comprehension strategies such as predicting & confirming, retellings, language experience activities, and literature circles and literature response activities will be tied in with age appropriate experiences for the authoring process, literature appreciation, and authentic oral and silent reading practices. Appropriate use of authentic assessment techniques, language/literacy immersion, multicultural literature, techniques for teaching to the multiple intelligences and the use of research and technology in the teaching of reading will help teacher candidates learn to teach to the individual. A supervised (ten) 10 hour field experience in an early childhood setting will include activities developing reading related materials (such as an interactive bulletin board), planning and teaching lessons with the guidance of the professor and the cooperating teacher, and field experience reports reflecting upon classroom observations and activities as they relate to concepts studied in class. Offered every fall semester.
ECED3243 Math and Science Methods for Young Children
This course is designed to prepare early childhood professionals to promote mathematical and scientific concepts in children from birth - grade 3. Topics include one to one correspondence, sorting, building shapes, measuring, estimating, classifying, patterns, terms, graphing, observing, predicting, problem solving and discovery through inquiry based hands-on exploration. Five (5) hours of field observations in a specified early learning environment are required. Offered every spring semester.
ECED4103 Family and Community Relationships in Early Childhood Education
ECED 4103 Family and Community Relationships in Early Childhood Education (3 cr.) This course is an overview of the roles and relationships of the family and community related to early childhood education as well as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of the child in a diverse society. The content includes benefits of and strategies for developing positive, collaborative relationships with families in an early childhood setting ages birth through eight.
ECED4203 Guidance, Observation and Assessment of Young Children
This course examines observation/assessment techniques and the incorporation of information gathered in an effort to implement a high quality early childhood classroom. Observations and assessments are key elements in planning and differentiating instruction that fosters growth and development in young children. This course is designed to introduce and support students’ development of skills related to the observation and interpretation of children’s daily activities and behaviors. Child guidance and classroom management issues will be addressed as they pertain to general education, special education and children from diverse backgrounds.
EDEL3403 Children's Literature
This course is designed to help the student acquire a wide acquaintance with children’s literature, both old and new, and to learn ways and means to develop, stimulate and guide children’s reading of literature presented. In addition, it will assist future teachers in guiding children toward a more comprehensive creative and insightful utilization of literary materials. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, and acceptance into the teacher education program.
EDEL3503 Methods of Elementary Music and Art Integration
This course is designed to teach methods of general music and visual art in grades K-8. The emphasis will be to integrate music and art into the core subjects to enhance students’ academic performance, social skills, content learning, and to become an integral part of the students’ lives. The six essential components needed for an elementary classroom music program will be addressed (listening, moving/dancing, singing, reading, making and playing instruments, and creating). Classroom management of time, materials, and students will be included. Art/music appreciation and creativity will be taught and encouraged. The Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required in art/music classes K-8. Prerequisite: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDUC 4203 and EDUC 4213 and accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDEL4304 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading with Reading Practicum
Teacher candidates enrolled in this course will explore a wide range of issues and factors related to language and literacy assessment and instruction. They will also examine the best practices for and develop proficiency in supporting children’s language and literacy development from first through eighth grades. In the practicum, teacher candidates will assess a student; interpret assessment findings; identify their strengths and needs as language and literacy learners; and choose instructional strategies for tutoring purposes in order to develop their students’ ability to become strategic readers and writers. Fifteen (15) hours of field experiences is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDEL 3103, EDEL 3203, and acceptance into Teacher Education Program. Offered each fall semester.
EDUC2101 MACU Teacher Education Orientation
This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the requirements for state certification set forth by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP). Teacher candidates will also be introduced and learn the Global Vision Conceptual Framework and other MACU education requirements. Before being accepted in the School of Teacher Education, all students are required to pass this course. Prerequisite: Completed 21 hours of general education. Co-requisite: EDUC 2102. Offered every semester.
EDUC2102 Educational Foundations
This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the field of education. Historical, philosophical, sociological, and curricular foundations of American education; current issues of multicultural education, governance, and support of American education; and legal issues will be explored. Co-requisite: EDUC 2101. Offered every semester.
EDUC2403 Child and Adolescent Psychology
This course is a study of human development from conception through adolescence. Major theoretical approaches of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development will be examined. This study will include parent/child, sibling, and other relationships as they relate to developmental processes and stages. Study will be divided into five periods of childhood: prenatal, infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103 or SOCI 1103. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC3103 Educational Psychology
This course includes basic and current learning theories, psychological principles applied to learning, and classroom management and assessment. Twenty-five (25) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103, EDUC 2101 and EDUC 2102. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC3203 Instructional Technologies
This course is an applications and theory course designed to familiarize participants with various technologies and their uses in education. Teacher candidates will evaluate computer systems and software applications and examine networking, audio/visual technologies, digital/analog video technologies, and distance education to determine its use in the classroom. Candidates will prepare and present an instructional design integrating technology in the classrooms. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC3233 Probability and Statistics for Teac hers
The study of rational numbers, decimal notations, real numbers, probability, and statistics. Collection, recording, and data analysis to enable data-based decisions will also be explored.
EDUC3303 Development Across the Life Span
This course is a study of human development and the nature of those social structures which impact it, especially the development of personality, attitudes, habits, intelligence, and Christian ideals. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103.
EDUC4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I
This course provides practice in the educational theories of effective instructional strategies, classroom management, and a variety of assessments, especially alternative and authentic assessments; and the involvement of parents/caregivers and the community in the learning process. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC4213 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment II
This course further develops the knowledge base ad skills from EDUC 4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I. Prerequisite: EDUC 4203. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4223 Students with Exceptionalities
This course is an introduction to the characteristics, needs, problems, and behavior patterns of exceptional children; and the various educational approaches used with them. Topics central to special education today – inclusion, diversity, assistive technology, collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams, will all be studied. The intellectual, physical, emotional, and behaviorally disabled children will be studied, as well as gifted children and disabled adults. Ten (10) field experiences in special education and gifted classes will be required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2103, and acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4909 Student Teaching
This course gives the student teacher firsthand experience in the school setting through observation/teaching in an accredited school. He or she will spend fourteen weeks in this course with twelve weeks in the actual classroom under the supervision of both a cooperating teacher at a cooperating public school and the university supervisor. Portfolios and video tapes will be completed. Prerequisite: completion of classes in specialization and professional education. Offered every semester.
ENGL2403 World Literature Survey: The Renaissance to the Modern Era
This course is a study of both western and nonwestern literature from 1650 to the present with an emphasis on literary analysis, and the relationship between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered every spring semester.
HIST1103 History of World Civilization I
A survey of world history from Antiquity to the Medieval Era. Offered every fall semester.
HIST1203 History of World Civilization II
A survey of world history from the Medieval Era to present. Offered every spring semester.
MATH2103 Algebra for Teachers
The elementary major will be presented with a tactile approach to Algebraic concepts. Students will reason mathematically, solve problems, and encourage full participation, design and present lessons that use the hands-on approach to teaching an algebraic concept. Students will develop portfolios and grade lab homework. The (NCTM) standards are presented and explored. Offered every fall semester.
MATH2203 Math for Teachers I
This course is concerned with the professional development of future elementary teachers in areas of mathematics such as: the nature of mathematics, the contributions of different cultures toward the development of mathematics, and the role of mathematics in culture and society. Mathematical concepts will include but not be limited to: problem solving, sets, numbers, numeration, whole number operations, computation, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratio, proportions, percent and integers. Calculators, computers, and other technological devices will be evaluated. Offered every spring semester.
MATH2303 Math for Teachers II
This course is concerned with the planning for and teaching mathematical experiences, dispositions toward teaching mathematics, and teacher responsibilities. Geometric shapes, measurement, geometry using triangle congruence and similarity, geometry using coordinates and transformations, fractals, and geometric constructions. Calculators, computers, and the internet will be utilized. Offered every fall semester.
NATS2101 Environmental Science Lab
Laboratory experiences are an integral component introducing students to environmental issues and analysis. Offered every semester. *
NATS3401 Ecology for Teachers Lab
Laboratory experiences designed to facilitate understanding of the principles of ecology as studies in NATS 3403. Offered every spring semester.
NATS3403 Ecology for Teachers
An introductory course in the study of the relationships of organisms to the environment. Procedures used by ecologists to describe and analyze plant and animal communities will be experienced in the field and laboratory. Prerequisites: MATH 1513, NATS 2103, NATS 2101, NATS 2203, and NATS 2201. Offered every spring semester.

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