Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Earn dual certification to teach prekindergarten through 6th grade in Maryland

Frostburg State University’s Early Childhood/Elementary Education bachelor’s program is one of only two in Maryland to offer dual certification. When you graduate from this degree program, you will be prepared to teach in any prekindergarten through sixth grade classroom. As a participant in the program, you will complete an early childhood specialization. The Early Childhood/Elementary program is a well-balanced preparation for teaching that includes challenging classroom assignments and extensive field experience working in our partner schools. The program’s high standards and excellent reputation have resulted in an outstanding job placement record for our teacher graduates.

  • Complete the program by earning 132 credit hours: 72 in education and 60 in related departments.
  • Choose a 4-year bachelor’s program with a reputation for preparing students to succeed as dynamic classroom teachers.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education Highlights:

  • Complete extensive field experiences that prepare you well for a teaching career.

  • Join an FSU learning community to enhance your understanding of the teaching profession and increase your leadership skills in the field.

  • Create and present a portfolio illustrating your experiences in the Early Childhood and Elementary classrooms and demonstrating growth over the course of your four-year program.

  • Take part in our active Student Education Association chapter and begin building your network of professional connections in teaching.

  • Use FSU educational resources such as the Children’s Literature Center that integrates our students into the Frostburg community to promote reading and to build skills for working with children of different ages.

About Our Early Childhood/Elementary Education Faculty:

  • Study with faculty members who have taught preschool themselves, including some with up to 15 years of teaching experience.

  • Learn from instructors who are respected members of the educational community who regularly attend and present at local, regional and national professional conventions.

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring from your professors who are dedicated to graduating teachers who will excel in the early childhood classroom.

Sample Early Childhood/Elementary Education Courses You May Take:

Early Childhood Foundations – Gain an introduction to the profession of early childhood education, including the growth and development of young children. Examine historic, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of current early childhood programs. Explore play, learning environments and curriculum.

Early Childhood Learning Environment, Materials and Methods – Examine and assess developmentally appropriate environments, materials and methods for young children, from birth to age 8. The course includes planning physically and psychologically safe and healthy learning environments.

Adults in the Child’s World – Explore the early childhood educator’s influence on and collaboration with the child’s caregivers, families and communities. Understand the use of local, state and national resources to meet child, family and community educational needs. Examine the development of respectful reciprocal relationships with families and communities.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s early childhood/elementary education program requirements.

Career Outlook for Early Childhood Teachers:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates job growth of 17 percent for teachers of children ages 3 to 5 through 2022, which is faster growth than the average across all occupations. For more information, visit U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Preschool Teachers.

Career growth for elementary school teachers through 2022 should be about 12 percent, which is on par with expectations across all occupational fields. For more information, visit U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers.

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