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Nazarene Bible College


Early Childhood Education




The A.A. Min. degree with a concentration in Early Education (EE) is a 64-semester-hour program designed to prepare the graduate for teaching in various preschool settings. Students may complete the Child Development Associates (CDA) credential as part of the program, or document prior completion for course credit.

Early Childhood Education


Completion of this program should enable the student to:

  • Support the physical, intellectual, and spiritual development and competence of children based upon a biblical view of children and their development.
  • Encourage the social and emotional development of young children through responsive care and positive guidance.
  • Establish safe, healthy learning environments for young children.
  • Establish positive cooperative relationships with families.
  • Use appropriate management strategies for purposeful need-based programming.
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism and personal development through involvement in professional organizations, networking, and resource development.

Course Requirements

General Education

Course Course DescriptionHours
28 hours
ENG-1013 English Composition I 3
ENG-1023 English Composition II 3
GEN-1003 Lifelong Learning Skills 3
HIS-2023 Western World/Emerging Modern Society 3
MTH-1013 Survey of Mathematics 3
PSY-1013 Introduction to Psychology 3
SCI-2013 General Physical Science 3
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking 3
THE-3013 Introduction to Christian Thought 3
Gen. Studies Elective 1

Bible and Theology

Course Course DescriptionHours
9 hours
BIB-1013 Introduction to the Old Testament3
BIB-1023 Introduction to the New Testament3
BIB-2003 Biblical Interpretation3

Courses Specific to Early Education Emphasis

Course Course DescriptionHours
18 hours
EDU-2013 Child Development 3
EDU-4613 Philosophy of Christian School Education 3
EDU-4653 Methods in Teaching Reading and Writing 3
EDU-4661/2/3 Integrating Reading & Literature I, II, III 3
PAS-1023 Spiritual Formation 3
CEM-3113 Children’s Ministries 3

CDA Requirement

Students enrolled in this program will either document completion of the requirements for a Child Development Associates (CDA) credential or complete the requirements by enrolling in the following three courses. A $20.00 posting fee (per credit hour for EDU 2016 and EDU 2022) will be assessed for those students verifying prior completion of the CDA credential.

Course Course DescriptionHours
9 hours
EDU-2011 Early Education Competency 1
EDU-2016 Methods in Early Education 6
EDU-2022 Early Education Practicum 2

Total required for graduation 64 hours