Traditional Undergraduate

Early Childhood Education/
English as a Second Language

Bachelor’s + Master’s Program (BS/MEd)


Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Delivery Method

Traditional On-Campus, Lancaster

Study Early Childhood Education (PreK-4)/English as a Second Language (Pre-K-12) at LBC | Capital

Through LBC’s 4+1 (BS/MEd) education program, you will earn two levels of degrees and be Pennsylvania state-certified to teach early childhood students as well as English learners, all in just five years.

Students in the early elementary grades experience so much learning and growth. Imagine teaching a child how to read or opening up a new language for a child. Your role as their teacher has lasting effects that imprints the rest of their lives. By earning an undergrad degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in teaching ESL students, you will be equipped to reach these learners, knowing how to most effectively meet their needs. Teaching English as a second language is a rewarding career, and the need for ESL teachers in the United States is growing all the time.

Education classes on the LBC campus will provide you with educational theory, content knowledge, and practical skills. Furthermore, intentionally planned field placements in public and private schools will provide you with numerous opportunities to experience a wide variety of classrooms and settings. A capstone action research project will enable you to look at classroom practice through a critical lens. All along the way, you will be supported by knowledgeable, compassionate faculty ready to help and listen. The job market for graduates with skills in Early Childhood and ESL is strong as schools need qualified, caring teachers ready to impact the next generation of students.

In a 4+1 program, students work toward the completion of an undergraduate degree while also pursuing a Master’s degree.  Graduate-level courses taken during undergraduate studies fulfill both undergraduate elective requirements and graduate program requirements.  In the 4+1 program, students are dual-enrolled in LBC and Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

Where LBC Students Have Interned or Student Taught

  • Student Teacher in a Local Public School
  • Student Teacher in a Foreign Christian School in Ecuador
  • Student Teacher in a Local Christian School

License, Certification & Credential Information

Graduates from this major receive Pennsylvania Instructional I certification (PreK-4), an ESL Program Specialist certification (PreK-12 ) and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Standard certification (K-8)

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Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

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Bachelor's Program Scope

Early Childhood/English As Second Language (157 Credits)

Bible & Theology Core 33 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits

Education Core 86 Credits

LBC 100 Foundations Seminar 1 Credit

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

Early childhood education teacher.
What is the Impact of a Teacher?

Hear from Becca Foxwell (’10), a first grade teacher and graduate of LBC, was named the 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.

Program Distinctive - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • Earn two education degrees – an undergraduate and graduate degree – in just 5 (five) years.
  • Receive a Pennsylvania Instructional I certification (PK-4), an ESL Program Specialist certification (PK-12), and an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Standard certification (K-8) so that you have the option of teaching in public and Christian schools.
  • Experience schools and classrooms from your first course all the way through to student teaching.
  • Learn from caring educators who teach from a biblical worldview.

Programs leading to teacher certification are approved by Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Career Paths in Early Childhood/ESL

This bachelor’s/master’s degree prepares students for various of educational contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • ESL Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • School Administrator
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Integrate knowledge to design coherent learning experiences.
  • Implement safe, equitable, learning-focused environments.
  • Demonstrate effective instructional practices.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Integrate a biblical worldview.
Core Courses for an Early Childhood Student

ELE 103 The Education of Children
EDU 204 Instructional Design
ELE 205 Integrating Play, Movement, and the Arts
EDU 333 The Exceptional Child
ELE 201 Math Instruction for Young Children
EDU 301 EDU Internship I
EDU 425 Education Assessment for Classroom Teachers
ELE 401 Collaborative Partnerships
ELE 424 Literacy for the Young Child
EDU 302 EDU Internship II
EDU 335 Inclusionary Practices
ELE 352 Social Studies in Elementary School
ELE 426 Solving Literacy Difficulties
EDU 401 EDU Internship III
ELE 354 Methods of Teaching Science
EDU 410 Teaching the English Language Learner
EDU 430 Classroom Management
EDU 450 Teacher Education Practicum
EDU 461 Cross Cultural Experience
EDU 492 Student Teaching Seminar
EDU 499 Student Teaching

Visit the undergraduate and graduate catalogs for the complete listing and descriptions.

Meet the Faculty

Robin Bronkema, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Chris Kirkpatrick, EdD
Assistant Professor, Education Dept
Bob Dodson, EdD
Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator
Stacey Martin, EdD
Academic Dean of Education, Counseling & Social Work
Julia Hershey, DEd
Associate Provost for Academics

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