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Early Childhood Education

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Students in the Early Childhood Education program are trained to encourage curiosity, creativity and imagination as they support and serve children during their most formative years. This nationally recognized program focuses on building both individual, group and familial relationships within a classroom setting and exploring alternative ways to reach and connect with all children. With SVSU's low student-to-faculty ratio and special emphasis on equipping educators with a strong combination of theoretical and practical knowledge—graduates are uniquely qualified to work with children from birth to eight years of age. Students who enroll in the Early Childhood Education major have the opportunity to gain new ideas from observing current best practices and engaging in their own hands-on experiences via unique field placements in both urban and rural settings. Through the pursuit of an education degree at SVSU, students don't just make a difference in a child's earliest educational experience—they transform children into dreamers and explorers.

Cardinal Points

  • Students in Early Childhood Education experience 100% job placement upon graduation! 

  • SVSU offers specific scholarships for education majors. 

  • Students complete two internships to gain experience working in director or supervisory roles, toddler programs, childcare programs and community agency positions.

  • SVSU's Early Childhood Education Program is Nationally Recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

  • SVSU hosts the Annual Educator Leadership Institute, a three-day conference, which consists of a wide range of workshops and speakers focusing on the K-12 education system.

SVSU's Early Childhood Education program offers a strong foundation in special topics and critical issues relating to early childhood. In later semesters, students have the opportunity to pursue curriculum and assessment courses and even language development. Life as an Early Childhood Education major includes superb in-class instruction and two internships that nudge students towards a deeper understanding of what it means to be an advocate for the most vulnerable.

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Our Students After Graduation...

Employers

Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (MMCAA)
Anchor Bay School District
Michigan Child Care Inc.
Memphis Community Schools
Island City Academy
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools
Faith Lutheran Childcare
Saginaw Public School District
Bangor Township Schools
Warren Consolidated Schools
Chippewa Nature Center
Mecosta-Osceola ISD
Holly Schools
Hastings Community Schools
Marshall Schools

Career Opportunities

Preschool Teacher
Elementary School Teacher
Elementary Education Teacher (With Elementary Teaching Certification)
Classroom Teachers in State-Funded GSRP Preschool Classrooms
Lead Teachers for State-Funded Local Nature Centers
Directors of Early Childhood Childcare and Afterschool Programs
Program Coordinators for Early On (Michigan's Birth to 3 Early Intervention)
Lead Faculty in Federally Funded Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
Trainers for Great Start Resource Centers Supporting Licensed Childcare Providers

  • 3% projected growth for the employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers with a bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $57,980 is the median yearly pay for kindergarten and elementary school teachers in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Early Childhood Education program, career doors are open to a multitude of teaching positions in pre-school, elementary and headstart classrooms. Likewise, graduates could pursue administrative positions such as principalship or superintendency.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.

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