Early Childhood Education | Winthrop University

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science

With the underlying goals of inspiring, creating and imagining, the Winthrop University Early Childhood Education Program is designed to provide the teacher candidate with the field and clinical experiences necessary to become a certified teacher in grades Pre-K-3. The curriculum is rich with opportunities to develop the skills and dispositions necessary to meet the needs of young children.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • American School in London
  • Bausch + Lomb
  • Berkeley County School District
  • Cadence Education - formerly Phoenix Children's Academy
  • Charleston County School District
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Google
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Hancock Fabrics
  • Rock Hill School District
  • School District of Pickens County
  • The Fig Tree Restaurant
  • University of South Carolina
  • Wake County Public School System

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 6th Grade Science Teacher
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Director of Early Childhood & Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • HSA2
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Literacy Coach
  • Marketing and Communications Director
  • Music Ministry/Therapy
  • Policy and Regulation Services Manager
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Transformation Coach

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Education Management
  2. Primary/Secondary Education
  3. Higher Education
  4. Government Administration
  5. Banking
  6. Hospital & Health Care
  7. Information Technology and Services
  8. Nonprofit Organization Management
  9. Real Estate
  10. Retail

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

Courses leading to the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education provide students with the opportunity to explore current research in the field. The major requires 62 semester hours in the professional education sequence, including approximately 29 semester hours in the core curriculum.


Why Winthrop?

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Real World Experience

Apply new learning and teaching strategies and gain hands-on experience working in a variety of field settings including child care centers, the Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School and public school classrooms in surrounding areas.

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Nationally Accredited

Our Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). We have a long history of meeting rigorous professional standards and pride ourselves in preparing highly qualified early childhood teachers.

Student teacher smiling at a child coloring

Exceptional Faculty

Learn from faculty who are committed to research and scholarly endeavors that inform the profession and enhance public education in our society. All full-time, tenure-track faculty members hold doctoral degrees in their fields of study, and most have numerous years of teaching and service in public schools.

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Beyond Graduation

Upon graduation, early childhood education majors attain work in various education facilities from child care management to classroom teaching. Some students choose to begin graduate school as they work toward leadership positions in education.