Liberal Studies: Teacher’s Preparation
Early Childhood Education

Program Description

St. Louis Christian College has an agreement with Hope International University (HIU) that enables SLCC students to work on an associate degree and simultaneously work on an online bachelor degree from HIU. To enter one of the HIU programs, students need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Recognizing the influence of well-prepared education professionals in the Church and society, the purpose of the Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation program is to build not only the broadest possible base of knowledge, but also to strengthen leadership and communication skills and integrate knowledge and skills with Christian faith. The program offers students intellectual and cultural breadth as a strong foundation for becoming effective classroom teachers in public, private, and other educational institutions (preschool-Grade 12). Students who complete this course of study can transition to a graduate program to earn a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Preliminary Single Subject Credential, or Master of Education (M.Ed.).

Transition to a Master’s Degree and California Teaching Credential (good in 46 states): HIU allows junior and senior undergraduate students to enroll in master’s degree program courses. The university allows a maximum of nine (9) graduate units to apply to both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. Accordingly, the College of Education strongly encourages juniors and seniors to complete graduate courses and apply them to their undergraduate degree. In this way, students may complete their bachelor’s degree while getting a “head start” on a master’s degree program. To explore the possibility of participating in such “transition courses,” speak with your department chair or academic advisor. Students enrolled in a Hope bachelor’s degree program may complete such “transition courses” at the undergraduate tuition rate.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Professor

What You Study

  • Introduction to Education
  • Role of the Teacher in the 21st Century
  • Practical Approach to Classroom Management
  • Instructional Design for the 21st Century Learner
  • 27 units in Early Childhood Education — a few sample courses: (1) Child, Family, and Community, (2) Guiding Young Children, (3) Curricular Planning for Young Children, (4) Designing the Physical Environment for Young Children, (5) Observing & Assessing Young Children

Objectives for Graduates

  • Students will demonstrate competence in foundational subject matter of education.
  • Students will establish a research-based pedagogical approach that addresses instructional strategies, assessment and classroom management.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for diversity of culture, language, individual learner differences, and individual strengths and abilities.
  • Students will demonstrate a philosophy of education that integrates Christian faith and exhibits Christian leadership and professional practices.
  • Students will articulate and support a personal theory of learning by engaging in professional scholarship.

Degrees Offered

If you are considering working towards the Liberal Studies: Teacher’s Preparation (Early Childhood Education) degree, ask an Admissions team representative for more information.