Early Childhood Education

These tracks involve skills needed to teach in the primary and elementary school setting and/or those needed for PreK-3 licensure. They prepare candidates with an overview of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and for pre-K education, a special emphasis is put on understanding how culture affects children and their development.  

Program Tracks: 

Students can pursue undergraduate degrees in these two areas: 

  • Interdisciplinary Studies, K-5 Teacher License:  IDSTU.BST 
  • Human Development, Early Childhood, PreK-3 Teacher License: ECHED.BST 
    • Dual License Track: PreK-3 and K-5 Teacher Licensure: ECIDS.BST 

These tracks involve skills needed to teach in the primary and elementary school setting and/or those needed for PreK-3 licensure. They prepare candidates with an overview of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and for pre-K education, a special emphasis is put on understanding how culture affects children and their development.

Travel/Global Trips 
  • New Zealand Education Global Trip 
  • Alaska Education Global Trip 
  • Mexico 
  • Thailand 
Academic/Honors 
  • Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society 
  • Lee Future Educators 
Service 

Some courses within the major will require in-class service projects.

Capstone 

The Capstone course is designed to help graduating students integrate their faith with the academic knowledge they have gained throughout their studies. It is regarded as the final reflection of the essential Core Values of Lee University. 

Home/Location 

Students will spend most of their time in the Helen DeVos College of Education and in local schools. 

Internships/Practicum 

Senior year requires clinical practice involving Methods and fulltime student teaching or internships. 

Research 
  • Many courses have research components and writing opportunities. 
  • McNair Scholars 
Awards/Honors 
  • Departmental Awards 
  • The Jimmy Bilbo Student Teacher Award 
There are a variety of scholarships available to Education majors: 

This program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving success after graduation. Here are the career paths often pursued by graduates in these programs.

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Center Director
  • Home-Based Service Provider
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Non-governmental Agency (Education)
  • Missions