Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Career Opportunities

  • Pre-School Teacher or Head Start Teacher
  • K-2 Teacher
  • Childcare Center Director or Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Home-based Service Provider
  • Childhood Development Researcher
  • School Counselor or Education Consultant
  • Sales Representative
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Early Intervention Specialist

Earn A Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education For A Life-Changing Career

Do you want a career where you can develop the hearts and minds of young children (ages birth to age 8) for future success? Earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education at Mid-America Christian University will put you on the path to achieving your dream. As more schools are requiring a degree for pre-school teachers, your bachelor’s in early childhood education will make you an attractive candidate for teaching positions, now and in the future. Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

When you earn an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree at MACU, you’ll be prepared to guide children through a critical time of development when 90 percent of brain growth happens by age five. The program will help you become a role model, an advocate and a support system–the type of servant teacher all children need and deserve to achieve the full potential God has planned for them. 

MACU, a faith-based university, is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Our School of Teacher Education is accredited through Oklahoma’s Office of Educational Quality and Accountability using Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

What is the Curriculum for a BA in Early Childhood Education?

Our program uses traditional theory as well as contemporary teaching methods–with theoretical principles and practical coursework–to give you a solid foundation to build your career as a life-changing teacher. 

You will learn how to plan an engaging, age-appropriate curriculum, manage a classroom in a way that promotes discovery, evaluate the individual needs of every child in your classroom, and support and guide your students through physical, intellectual and emotional growth. 

Along with core classes, you’ll take courses in nutrition and physical development, children’s literature, educational psychology, and more. Classes often include hands-on experiences under the guidance of professors. Before earning your Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete 110 hours of on ground field experience in a variety of schools that will provide observation and interaction with a variety of diverse students prior to their student teaching.

MACU’s On-Campus Community Offers An Experience of A Lifetime

Life on MACU’s campus is an adventure meant to be discovered. On our small campus of less than 1,500 students, you’ll feel a dynamic sense of community–a place to make new friends, discover new passions and grow in your spiritual life. Our professors, all experts in their fields, love to teach and engage with our students. They, along with staff and other students, truly care about you and your success.

Step off campus and the diverse, growing city of OKC is yours to explore. Check out the many restaurants, museums, parks and activities–there’s something for every interest. When it comes to your career, you’ll be well-positioned for success. Oklahoma ranks third in the U.S. for the percentage of children aged 3-4 enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs. Many private schools as well as  Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Early Childhood Department offer comprehensive services to families of young children in OKC–which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities for employment after graduation

MACU benefits for on-campus students include:

  • Affordable, streamlined path to complete your degree on time
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio with engaged professors who love to teach
  • Small, intimate campus with a welcoming community
  • 24/7 safety monitoring and protection
  • Location in the heart of a growing, diverse city with a thriving job market
  • Support services that help students thrive and succeed
  • Recreational, academic, and faith-based activities and groups
  • Competitive sports and esports teams

MACU Offers a Christ-Centered Education

At MACU, we are intentional about helping students develop spiritually and grow in their faith. You’ll receive an education grounded on biblical principles and have many opportunities to learn about and share your faith with others through weekly chapel, small groups, student-led discussions, and more. You’ll be well prepared to use your Christian worldview to make a difference in young lives in the classroom and beyond. 

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Courses

  • 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.

  • EDUC3233

    Probability and Statistics for Teachers

    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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