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Early Childhood Education Learning Objectives

With the theme “Caring Teachers Live What They Believe,” the program is marked by performance-based instruction and significant field experiences.

At Mount Union, early childhood education majors demonstrate core values such as:

  • Appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable state of the human life cycle and valuing the quality of children's lives in the present, not just as preparation for the future;
  • Basing our work with children on knowledge of child development and learning;
  • Appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family;
  • Recognizing that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society;
  • Respecting the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague); and
  • Helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships based on trust, respect, and positive regard.

An early childhood education major prepares graduates for careers in schools, child care centers, coaching, human service professions, corporate training and other areas.

At Mount Union, an early childhood education degree, with additional coursework, leads to a license to teach prekindergarten through grade three. It also prepares candidates to specialize in early childhood growth and development.

If you can see yourself teaching at an elementary school or at a childhood center and understand the valuable state of the human life cycle known as childhood, you should check out the early childhood education major today!

The Teacher Education Program at Mount Union prepares competent, capable and caring teachers.
 
The common objectives developed in all program areas include:

  • Candidates will demonstrate understanding of the subject matter areas and create meaningful learning experiences based on this knowledge.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of each student’s cognitive, Social, physical, and emotional development and to create learning opportunities that support student academic development.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to recognize and value student diversity and the differences in how students learn and provide instruction to accommodate such diversity.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to develop instructional plans based on student's needs, curriculum goals and models, subject matter and community.
  • Candidates will demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and skills and use this expertise to encourage each student to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to create a classroom environment that facilitates learning and a climate that encourages fairness, positive social interactions, active learning, and self-motivation.
  • Candidates will demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, written, technological, and media communication skills to support and enhance student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the role of assessment and the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the skills necessary for self-reflection and use this knowledge to analyze past experiences and pursue professional development opportunities.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with students, candidates, parents, community members, and professional colleagues in order to support student learning and development.
  • Candidate will demonstrate a sense of caring.