Early Childhood Education

As an early childhood studies major at Plymouth State University, you will discover that teaching young children is interesting, challenging, and meaningful work. Our department emphasizes the importance of building relationships with children and families and regarding each child as a worthy individual. We focus on preparing early childhood educators who can partner with families to promote children’s healthy development, engage them in learning, and prepare the foundations for bright futures.

We recognize that children live and learn within families and communities beyond the classroom. In order to truly understand and appreciate each child, you must also learn about these broader contexts. Our students develop these understandings through classroom and field experiences that require thoughtfulness, intellectual curiosity, openness to other perspectives, and responsibility for children’s well-being.

Field experiences are an integral part of the early childhood studies degree, and students begin observing and interacting with children in early childhood settings during their very first semester at Plymouth State. These field experiences range from extensive, supervised practicum experiences with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners at Plymouth State University’s nationally accredited Center for Young Children and Families to year-long apprenticeships in primary grade classrooms in area public schools.