Early Childhood Education Minor

The Minor in Early Childhood Education allows students to focus on the specific needs of younger children. Students gain a foundational understanding of theories of how children develop and learn and examine the planning and implementation of learning activities for young children with special attention given to Montessori Education. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in intercultural environments to minister directly to the needs of pre-school age children.

Minor Objectives

  1. Define developmental and learning needs of young children.
  2. Identify the basic concepts and principles of a Christian Montessori curriculum and its application to intercultural settings.
  3. Describe Biblical opportunities and approaches to meeting the needs of young children and their families.
  4. Define and apply issues of partnership and collaboration to the creation of learning opportunities for young children in intercultural settings.

How the Montessori Method Works

The Montessori educational approach emphasizes independent, student-initiated work, problem solving, mixed-aged groupings, flexible pacing, freedom of movement, and is on the cutting edge of child education.

There are 4,500 private Montessori schools in the USA and 50,000 International Montessori schools, with 1,000 in Japan alone.

At BGU students can obtain a minor in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Montessori Instruction. Through a partnership with a partner institution, the Christian Montessori Training Center (CMTC), credits earned toward the minor in Early Childhood Education are accepted by CMTC toward their Certificate in Montessori Instruction. Completion of that certificate requires additional study through the CMTC that does not apply to the 4-year BA program. Contact CMTC for additional information rebecca.dirks@bethfel.org.

Minor Courses

In order to earn the Minor in Early Childhood Education, the student must complete 12 credits from the following courses and fulfill at least 6 credits of practicum in a related field during the Global Internship.

The student must complete 3 of the following courses and fulfill at least 3 credits of practicum in a related field during the Global Internship.

  • Montessori Theory & Child Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Care Health and Wellness
  • Practical Life & Sensorial
  • Mathematics & Language
  • Culture & Creativity
  • Faith Formation & Spirituality
  • Practicum, Placement & Portfolios

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Working with drop in centers for street children (Thailand)
  • Working with orphanages (Thailand, Kenya, Indonesia)
  • Working with children at risk (all sites)
  • Working in Christian preschool programs (all sites)

See The Early Childhood Education Minor In Action

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