Early Childhood Education B.S.

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The B.S. in Early Childhood Education degree program prepares students for careers in teaching, serving pupils from pre-kindergarten through 4th grade in schools, childcare settings, and child-focused agencies. The professional core courses, competencies, and experiences for the PreK-4 teacher preparation program develop teachers who are prepared to serve children and their families. The program also offers a concentration in Special Education for those who want to work with children facing learning and developmental challenges.

Graduates are certified to teach in preschool, kindergarten, and primary classrooms from grades 1-4 in Pennsylvania.

The initial teacher preparation and advanced educator programs in the School of Nursing, Education, and Human Studies have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (2020-2027). The B. S. in Early Childhood Education at Robert Morris University is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (September 2021-September 2023).

Click here to view Early Childhood Education Program Accreditation Outcome Data.




Contact Information

Susan W. Parker, Ph.D.
Department Head, Education

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN 1010 Reading & Writing Strategies OR CSCM 2050 Intercultural Communication
  • PSYC 1010 General Psychology
  • MATH 1050 Reasoning & Applications
  • SOCI 1010 Principles of Sociology OR SOCI 1020 Contemporary Social Problems
  • ECED 2100 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • Freshman Seminar (1 credit)

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research
  • SCIE 1020 Fundamentals of Science
  • MATH 2010 Fundamental Concepts of Math
  • HUMA 1010 Humanities: Art/Music
  • EDUC 2100 Ed Psychology / Classroom Management

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM 1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • GEOG 1020 World Geography
  • ENVS 1160 Environmental Science
  • PSYC 3535 Child Development
  • EDUC 2200 Technology for Teachers 
  • ELIT 1070 Children’s Literature

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM 2040 Business & Professional Communication
  • HIST 1100 U.S. History I OR HIST 1200 U.S. History II
  • ECON 1010 Survey of Economies
  • SPED 3010 Intro. to Special Education K to 12 
  • ECED 2120 Early Literature & Language Development

Junior Year, Fall

  • ECED 2130 Numeracy
  • ECED 3100 Int. Arts for the Developing Child
  • EDUC 3400 Curriculum Inst./Design 
  • SPED 3020 Inclusive Classroom PreK-12
  • POLS 1020 American National Government

Junior Year, Spring

  • ECED 3060 Family/Community Relationships
  • ECED 4030 Reading/Language Arts Methods
  • EDUC3600 Educational Assessment
  • ECED0101 PECT PREP (0 credits) 
  • SPED 3030 Positive Behavioral Supports K-12
  • ECED 4020 Science Methods

Senior Year, Fall

  • ECED 4000 Social Studies Methods
  • ECED 4010 Math Methods
  • ECED 2140 Reading Difficulties & Diagnosis
  • EDUC 3165 Teaching English Language Learners
  • ECED3400 Reading in the Content Area
  • ECED 4060 Pre-Student Teaching (0 credits)
  • Retake ECED 0101ECED PECT Prep (0 credits) if needed

Senior Year, Spring

  • ECED 4200 Student Teaching (9 credits)
  • ECED 4210 Student  Teaching Seminar (3)
Admission Requirements

To receive acceptance to Robert Morris University's education programs, students must meet one of the following sets of academic criteria listed here:

Additional admission requirements for RMU education programs are available on this page.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Child Development
Early Literacy & Language Development
Student Teaching Seminar
Major Credits
Core Credits
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits

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