For those of you who are drawn to teaching a younger audience, you may be interested in Early Childhood Education (ECE). There are a lot of similarities between EL ED and ECE, but they have their differences as well.
There are so many amazing aspects to studying Early Childhood Education, but we will try to limit it to five fun facts:
Fun Fact #1
Most people wonder “what is the biggest difference between Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education?” That would be the age of the students they teach. ECE students learn to teach children from preschool to 3rd grade. ECE majors are the experts in helping young children, while Elementary Education works with older kids as well. You could think of ECE majors as the “specialists” in working with younger children.
Fun Fact #2
The McKay School offers students the chance to gain experience right here on campus. There is a preschool and kindergarten located right next to the David O’McKay building, the Child and Family Studies Laboratory, otherwise known as the Lab School. Students in the ECE program have the chance to observe students and teachers in these classrooms, as well as actually work in them later on in the program. As they say, the best way to learn is through experience.
Fun Fact #3
The Early Childhood Education program is 79 credit hours. There are several awesome child development classes mixed in with the education classes, allowing you to learn more about the developmental stages of children, along with how to teach them. There are also a couple of optional minors that can be added.
Fun Fact #4
The ECE professors really care, which helps you care. If you feel like you want to help children succeed now, just wait until you learn from the professors here at BYU; They’ll inspire you even more! The ECE professors are constantly working with teachers in local schools and in the Lab School on campus so they keep current on the best teaching methods and understand the new challenges that young children face in a rapidly changing world.
Fun Fact #5
You change lives. As a future educator you might hear that A LOT, but it's true! Teaching the younger grades allows you to help kids learn how to how to deal with emotions, write, read, and work in teams; this is basic knowledge that prepares them for future education. This will open doors to them in the future, allow them to be successful, and lead them to opportunities that only a strong foundational education can provide.
The Early Childhood Education major is seriously amazing. This is just a little bit of information on it, but if you have any questions, or just want to talk to an Early Childhood Education major, shoot us an email!
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For more information, visit: https://education.byu.edu/ted/early_childhood