Early Childhood Education Degree

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)



Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Delivery Method

Traditional, On-Campus, Lancaster

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We prepare students to be professional educators who do much more than simply teach the curriculum. Our students graduate equipped to care for the whole child: mind, heart and soul.

Students Get Hands-on Experience

When you earn your early childhood teaching degree at Lancaster Bible College, of course you’ll learn the things you’d expect to learn: we train our students to teach children from prekindergarten to fourth grade in a variety of educational settings. But you’ll learn so much more than just classroom tips and tricks – beginning with your first class in your first year, you’ll be out in the field, observing teachers in their classrooms and getting hands-on experience. Not only that, but our faculty members actually go and visit our student teachers in their classrooms every week, offering helpful feedback and encouragement to our up-and-coming educators.

A Diverse Educational Experience with Field Placements

Through a combination of Bible classes, field placements in diverse educational settings (including Christian schools, public schools, daycare, preschools and Montessori academies), coursework and field experiences that focus on understanding the needs of the child and implementing developmentally appropriate practices, this is an educational experience like none other. Our students graduate ready and prepared to become generalist elementary teachers.

The Faculty Invest in You

With small class sizes and a low professor-to-student ratio, our faculty members are able to invest in our students’ lives as they train up the next generation of teachers.

Early Childhood Program Cost & Financial Aid

Where LBC Students Have Interned or Student Taught

  • Student Teacher in a Local Public School (Fritz Elementary School)
  • Student Teacher in a Foreign Christian School (Alliance Academy in Ecuador)
  • Student Teacher in a Local Christian School (Lititz Area Mennonite School)

License, Certification & Credential Information

Graduates from this major receive Pennsylvania (PreK-4) and ACSI Standard (K-8)

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Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

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Early Childhood Education Program Scope

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) (132 Credits)

LBC Foundation Studies Courses 4 Credits

Bible & Theology Core Courses 30 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core Courses 34 Credits

Major Courses 64 Credits

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

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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.

What makes the LBC Early Childhood Education program unique?
  • The teacher candidate will integrate knowledge to design coherent learning experiences.
  • The teacher candidate will implement safe, equitable, learning-focused environments.
  • The teacher candidate will demonstrate effective instructional practices.
  • The teacher candidate will demonstrate professionalism.
  • The teacher candidate will integrate a biblical worldview.

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

What are career paths with a Bachelor of Science in Education?

The Early Childhood bachelor’s degree prepares students for various of educational contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Daycare Teacher
  • Elementary School Administrator
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Mission School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
Early Childhood Education Program Goals - in this program, student will...
  • The teacher candidate will integrate knowledge to design coherent learning experiences.
  • The teacher candidate will implement safe, equitable, learning-focused environments.
  • The teacher candidate will demonstrate effective instructional practices.
  • The teacher candidate will demonstrate professionalism.
  • The teacher candidate will integrate a biblical worldview.
Core Courses in the Early Childhood Education Program

ELE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDU 105 Instructional Technology
EDU 204 Instructional Design
ELE 205 Integrating Play, Movement, and the Arts
EDU 333 The Exceptional Child
ELE 201 Math Instruction for the Young Child
EDU 340 Introduction to Curriculum & Assessment
ELE 320 Literacy Instruction-Primary
EDU 335 Inclusionary Practices
ELE 321 Literacy Instruction-Intermediate
ELE 352 Social Studies in Elementary School
EDU 430 Classroom Management
ELE 354 Methods of Teaching Science
EDU 435 Community, Culture, & Collaboration
EDU 410 Teaching the English Language Learner
EDU 350 Professional Seminar II
EDU 450 Practicum
EDU 103 Professional Seminar I
EDU 493 Professional Seminar III
EDU 499 Student Teaching
EDU 461 Cross Cultural Experience
EDU 301 Internship I
EDU 302 Internship II
EDU 401 Internship III

Visit the catalog for the complete listing and descriptions.

Meet the Faculty

Stacey Martin, EdD
Academic Dean of Education, Counseling & Social Work
Bob Dodson, EdD
Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator
Chris Kirkpatrick, EdD
Assistant Professor, Education Dept

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FAQs about LBC’s Early Childhood Education Program

Do I need prior teaching experience to enroll in the Early Childhood Education program?

No!  The Early Childhood Education program is designed to equip future teachers with all of the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective teacher.  All you need is a desire to impact future generations through education and a heart willing to learn.  We’ll take it from there!

Where have LBC students gone on to work after earning their BSEd from the Early Childhood Education program?

Our graduates teach in Christian and public schools across the United States and around the world.  The program has a strong reputation in the surrounding counties, and many of our student teachers have been recruited to return to their placement schools as contracted teachers.

Can I specialize in a specific aspect of early childhood education such as curriculum development or school administration policy?

While our program does not have any specializations, the curriculum offers a wide range of knowledge encompassing all areas of the education process.  An exposure to multiple aspects of teaching and learning allows students to determine areas they might be interested in for future study in a masters degree program.

How does the BSEd program address diversity and inclusion in early childhood education?

The Early Childhood program includes a course that specifically focuses on collaboration with diverse families and culturally relevant pedagogy.  Additionally, the inclusion and support of all students is a foundational component of all education coursework.  As Christian educators, we are committed to the inclusion of and meeting the needs of all children.

How can I get involved in student organizations or clubs related to early childhood education?

LBC has a student organization for Early Childhood, and all Early Childhood Education students are automatically members!  The group offers several opportunities for service, fellowship and learning throughout each semester.

Can I pursue graduate studies in education after earning my BSEd?

Yes!  Continuing education is required for teachers, and a masters degree is a great way to fulfill that requirement.  LBC offers several Masters of Education programs, including Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education and ESL.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Bachelor’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.