Major inEarly Childhood Education: Kindergarten Endorsement

Majoring in Early Childhood Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective early childhood educator and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 63 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the early childhood education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Early Childhood Education: Kindergarten Endorsement Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for children birth through grade 3. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo Term Faculty of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo brings a practical approach to Leadership in Education.

Dr. Sally Baas Director of SEAT Program, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Richard Benson Instructor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Teacher Education

Rick has been a faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul since 1999 serving as an Instructor in both the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department and the Kinesiology

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice. Because we design our early childhood education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career as an early childhood education administrator, early childhood teacher, elementary school teacher (Pre-K through 3 grade), parent educator or early childhood family education educator.

  • Early Childhood Education Administrator
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher (PreK - 3 grade)
  • Parent Educator
  • Early Childhood Family Education Educator

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