Elementary/Early Childhood Education

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Cairn’s Elementary/Early Childhood program prepares teacher candidates for the profession of teaching Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade (5th and 6th may be added) in public, private, Christian, and international schools. The PK-4 program focuses on preparing you to structure developmentally appropriate learning experiences in an inclusive, supportive environment that fosters the integrated development of the whole person—mind, heart and soul.

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Elementary/Early Childhood Education?

The PK-4 program curriculum is designed to develop critical and creative thinking, reflection on practice, and the disposition to engage children actively in their own learning. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in background knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice. Certification includes PA State PK-4 Instructional I as well as Association of Christian Schools International K-8th; certification in Special Education PK-8 and/or TESOL K-12 may be added on to the PK-4 program.

Why Study Elementary/Early Childhood Education at Cairn?

  • Introduction to education theory and methods courses in the freshman rather than junior year
  • Professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision
  • Integration of special education, English as a Second Language, and differentiation practices throughout the course of study
  • Modeling of current instructional and assessment practices with manipulatives and technology in a simulated early childhood /elementary classroom
  • Opportunities to teach or tutor students in one-on-one, local school, and international contexts throughout your program of study

Career Paths

  • preschool teacher
  • elementary school teacher
  • teacher’s assistant
  • special education teacher
  • learning support teacher

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