Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-3


Department of Teaching and Learning

Students in the Early Childhood Education program at Southeastern develop effectiveness in communication, leadership and other skills necessary for teaching in the area of early childhood education. The curriculum requires a solid background of child development and instructional methodology for students as well as essential content courses in math, science and the humanities. A strong emphasis is placed on relevant field experiences throughout the program, and students gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to have a positive impact on student achievement in grades PK through 3.

Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • Early Learning Center/Day Care Director
  • Early Learning Centers/Day Care Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

Types of Employers

  • Parochial School Systems
  • Private School Systems
  • Public School Systems


  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation / National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

  • Course objectives and learner outcomes aligned with the COMPASS/ National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium

  • The TeachLivE virtual-rehearsal classroom featuring real-time avatars with unique characteristics is available for students to practice classroom management, pedagogy and content teaching skills in a virtual environment

  • Service-learning opportunities such as the highly acclaimed Early Childhood EXPO in collaboration with the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center

  • A variety of field experiences to prepare candidates for a successful teaching career at the appropriate level

  • Honors curriculum available


  • Total semester hours required: 120

  • Approximately 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching

  • Pass all parts of the PRAXIS Core: Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

  • Have a 2.75 cumulative or degree grade point average and a 2.75 cumulative or degree grade point average in work completed at Southeastern

  • Complete and earn a grade of "C" or better in all required professional courses in Education and Educational Psychology

  • Complete and earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses in first teaching fields (identified on the curriculum sheet)

  • Pass PRAXIS II examinations in Principles of Learning and Teaching and Content Specialty Area Tests

  • Complete and earn a grade of "B" or better in Education 202

  • Successfully complete portfolio submissions during the program

  • Successfully complete student teaching and year-long residency


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Grades 1-5

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

  • Master of Education in Special Education

  • Certification in English as a Second Language


  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • Phi Delta Kappa

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Southeastern Education Association for Students


Contact Information

Ms. Beth Berry, Undergraduate Coordinator


Mailing address: SLU Box 10749, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus: Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 2018A

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