Early childhood education | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio
Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education

In the early childhood education program you’ll learn a holistic, child-centered approach to educating children that promotes the appreciation of diversity and individual needs of today’s children and families. Your training will emphasize developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and will include extensive field observations and a 210-hour practicum in an approved early childhood setting. Students also receive an affordable, solid foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field.

Qualified degree candidates will demonstrate professional knowledge, abilities, dispositions, values and attitudes regarding child development and learning, curriculum development and implementation, family and community relationships, assessment and evaluation, professionalism and practice during field experiences.

Work in many areas

  • ODJFS licensed child care settings
  • public/private preschools
  • Head Start programs
  • Montessori schools
  • family child care

Prepare for a career as a/an

  • assistant teacher
  • teacher
  • Associate of applied science in early childhood education
  • Ashland University
  • Kent State University (Tusc. branch)
  • Walsh University

Additional program fees 

  • All education students are required to complete a background check through the Stark State College Security Office. Fees are $30 for state and $30 for federal.

Program learning outcomes

  • Apply content knowledge in early childhood learning environments.
  • Create learning environments that promote growth and development and achievement for all children.
  • Know and apply instructional strategies to promote children’s learning and meet the needs and interests of all students.
  • Construct and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate, and ensure child learning in Pre-Kindergarten learning environments.
  • Collaborate and communicate with children, families, and other educators, administrators and the community to support children’s learning.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.

Program scholarship 


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