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Announcing the Early Childhood Major

Are you fascinated by the idea of working with young children?

Educational and brain research tell us that the early experiences in life play a significant role in spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Early childhood professionals play an exciting role in the development and education of all young children and their families.

The Early Childhood major, situated within the Education Program, prepares you well for your career through elementary certification to teach K-5th grade as well as a specialized early childhood endorsement to work with infants through preschoolers, including those with special needs.

Early Childhood Major Course List

Why Pursue the Early Childhood major?

  • You’ll earn an endorsement that qualifies you to teach in inclusive early childhood settings birth through grade 2. Many school districts in the United States now require the early childhood endorsement for teachers of preschool through grade 2.
  • You’ll gain deeper knowledge on child development and working with families.
  • You’ll learn to create developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant environments, curriculum, and assessments for young children in all their diversity.
  • You’ll engage in additional field experiences in local inclusive early childhood centers and schools, working with high quality early childhood teachers.
  • You’ll become part of a close-knit community of early childhood advocates at Calvin.
  • You’ll have opportunities to prepare professional papers for publication and to present at early childhood conferences with professors.

Program Advisor

Contact Professor Susan Verwys ( for more information.