Early Childhood Education Program
As an Early Childhood Education Major at SNU, you will be immersed in multiple kinds of experiences qualifying you for a diverse range of teaching opportunities. Ensuring you will have a broad knowledge base and strong experiences making you an excellent teaching candidate upon graduation. Unique and early field experience. Hands-on practicum. State-of-the-art technology. Technology drives education. So at SNU we utilize state-of-the-art technology in all classrooms. That’s right, you will use technology in every course you take. And not just technology, but the latest integrated, cutting-edge technology allowing you to learn how to integrate technology into your own classroom.
Early Childhood Education Opportunities
At SNU we know your education needs to extend beyond the classroom. That’s why we work hard to provide unique experiences that will enhance your learning and prepare you for your career. You may want to participate in our tutoring program where you can work with local K-6 students needing special attention in curriculum and classroom training. This program gives you excellent, practical and real-world experience. Or consider working with School for Children—the only university state-accredited private laboratory school in Oklahoma. In this pre-K through 6 grade school, you will have the opportunity to observe teachers and students starting in your first semester. Try to find field experience that early anywhere!
When you begin at SNU, you will be advised by a SNU faculty mentor who will follow you all the way through the program and into the field. Every faculty member in the education department at SNU has private and public school experience. Experience that will benefit you as you work to begin a career of your own.
Early Childhood Education after Graduation
Every spring the SNU education department is flooded with phone calls from schools looking for SNU graduates to fill their education needs. Public schools. Private schools. SNU education graduates are known to be top-drawer educators.
Educators like Bethany Bond, a first grade teacher at Tulakes Elementary School in Putnam City. “I am so blessed to be at Tulakes with the students I teach and the people that I work with. I have the privilege of telling 23 students that I believe in them and that they ‘can’ when the world that they live in says they ‘can’t’,” says Bond, who was the first person in her family to graduate college, earning her BA in Early Childhood Education from SNU. Bond says she uses her history as the first in her family to graduate, with honors nonetheless, to help motivate her students and encourage them that they can achieve anything they set their minds too. “I am a living example that they can defy the odds and make their dreams come true,” adds Bond.
“Every course I took at SNU has helped me in countless ways and I find out new ways each day, but I believe that nothing from the textbooks has taught me near as much as my professors did. The way that they were intentional with every student, wanted what was best for them, prayed for them and encouraged them has been one of the most beneficial things that I have taken from SNU. I have found that the relationships you have with your students is key. The more you tell your students you love them and believe in them, the more they believe it and try their hardest. That is why I start each morning off with a big hug to each student and end it by telling them how much I love them.” Bond is married to her best friend, David Bond, and is looking into some graduate programs through SNU