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Early Childhood Education

  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Help Others Learn and Grow with an Early Childhood Education Degree from Gannon University.

    Outstanding teachers are themselves products of an outstanding education. They come from preparation in a program that rewards academic achievement, emphasizes the importance of each student as an individual, and is grounded in a mastery of the theories of learning and teaching. Become a positive force of educational change and impact in your community when you earn your early childhood education degree from Gannon University

    • A+Our program is one of a few nationwide to earn a score of “A” from the National Council on Teaching Quality for our Early Reading Program.
    • Pennsylvania Department of EducationApproved by the PA Department of Education.
    •  Learn from faculty who collectively offer more than 70 years of teaching experience in school settings and certification areas.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Early Childhood Education

    • Learn to be effective educators in the PreK-4 classroom through interactive instruction and project-based coursework.
    • Gain a solid foundation in development and learning theory, as well as instructional strategies in content areas including language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, physical activity and creative arts.
    • Gain a practical, hands-on application of knowledge with a diverse population of children across all socioeconomic levels and cultural groups. 

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Pursue a scholarship-supported learning abroad opportunity in Limerick, Ireland.
    • Benefit from a model classroom equipped with current technologies and instructional resources to help you prepare for field experiences that begin in your first year.
    • Be an active member and leader in three student-led organizations.
    • Take advantage of the year-long residency program.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including:

    Integrated Curriculum PreK-4:  Plan, adapt and analyze curriculum content, instructional materials and strategies to enhance learning. Includes a 90-hour field experience.

    Literacy for Students with Exceptionalities PreK-12: Research, select, develop and practice implementing a variety of instructional strategies to enhance literacy development of children with exceptionalities. Includes a 30-hour field experience.

    Expressive Arts: Explore how to help children use art, music, dance, drama and literature to express and communicate their developing ideas, experiences and feelings about themselves and the world.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Our early childhood education program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Participate in multiple field experiences - including one 60-hour field experience during your freshman year - totaling more than 400 hours working in educational settings.
    • Gain experience in diverse school settings in urban, suburban and rural areas within a 25-mile radius, some of which are in walking distance of campus.
    • Join our graduates who have a current job placement rate between 95% and 100% during the past three years.
    • Earn an average median wage of $61,350, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of research-based educational belief systems and pedagogical/subject-matter content.
  2. Candidates demonstrate a culture of learning.
  3. Candidates assess and analyze student learning and make appropriate adjustments to instruction, including differentiation for diverse and exceptional learners and monitoring student progress.
  4. Candidates establish and reflect on ongoing professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, school districts, and the community to enhance student learning.
Madison Kostial

Madison Kostial Education (Early Childhood)

"The School of Education places you in the classroom to observe as soon as your second semester at Gannon. This is something that other universities do not offer. This shows you what it really is like to be in the role as a future educator and helps you be sure of your decision to become a teacher."

Rachel Praetzel

Rachel Praetzel Early Childhood and Special Education

“My program has done an excellent job in preparing me for my future as an early childhood teacher. This program places us in real classrooms, where we gain extensive experience and learn useful strategies. Furthermore, all of our education professors are passionate about what they teach, sharing this passion with us - their students.”

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  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.