Imagine the joy of a career in which you give glory to God every day by nurturing one of His most precious gifts — children. With an early childhood education degree from Geneva College, you’ll be prepared to support children during crucial years of development that will affect their learning skills and personal growth far into the future. Preschool teacher certification through this program will equip you to begin that work with children as young as 3 years old as they take the first important steps on their education journey. Your early childhood education degree will give you the tools you need to guide them through those early years and prepare them to adapt to the changes they’ll experience as their learning styles mature. From preschool teacher certification to special education in upper grades, it is impossible to overestimate the value of Christian perspective in an early childhood educator, who approaches students as children of God placed in his or her care.
The PK-4 course of study is combined with a PK-8 special education teaching program. This allows the nurturing spirit of an early childhood educator to reach into the world of older children whose learning styles have yet to fully mature or who have disabilities challenging their ability to learn. Teaching students with disabilities is a truly God-given privilege, an opportunity to serve those whom many in our society deem challenging. Indeed, teaching special needs children is as much a calling as it is an occupation, drawing to it the kind of people who have what it takes to become the servant-leader Geneva College intends every graduate to be — someone who knows there are lessons to be learned by teaching students with disabilities and being inspired by their desire for life.
Whether you’re looking toward a daycare teacher career or graduate studies that lead to designing your own special education teaching program, beginning your journey at Geneva College is a sound decision. Among the classes you’ll take:
Geneva’s early childhood degree program also features these benefits:
In addition, Geneva College provides a unique level of faith integration, applying biblical principles to the philosophy and practice of teaching. Our goal is to train teachers who are also servant-leaders in the field, inspiring students and colleagues alike.
In addition to the Geneva College core curriculum requirements, candidates must complete six credits of college level math as well as 69 credit hours in the PK-4/PK-8 special education major. Other planning and certification requirements are outlined in the Geneva College catalog.
Your career possibilities
Whether you’re seeking a daycare teacher career, a teaching position in a Christian school, or an opportunity to bring your talents and the light of Christ into the public school system, you’ll be ready to take your place in the education world with an early childhood education degree from Geneva. You’ll graduate with the opportunity to be certified through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, opening up prospects statewide and nationwide through the various levels of certification reciprocity throughout the United States.
U.S. News & World Report recognizes Geneva College as a Top 10 Best Value School out of all North Region colleges, accounting for our academic quality and the net cost of attendance for those receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.
For the second year in a row, Geneva’s ABET-accredited engineering program placed in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation.
Geneva was named a Christian College of Distinction, affirming the school’s dedication to high quality academics founded on the inerrant truth of God’s word.
Designated as a Pennsylvania College of Distinction, Geneva is recognized as one of the best places in the state for students to learn, to grow, and to succeed.
As a College of Distinction, Geneva is nationally recognized for providing outstanding preparation that is highly valued by graduate schools and employers.
Geneva College placed in the Top 20 Regional College North Rankings as identified by U.S. News & World Report.
Geneva College ranks in the top 45 out of 402 colleges in Pennsylvania analyzed for return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a prevalent resource for college affordability and financial aid information.