Early Childhood Education

Siena Heights University
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Bachelor's degree
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Early Childhood Education

At Siena Heights, the curriculum covers the growth, learning and development of children in three distinct age groups: Infant to Toddler, Pre-Primary and Primary. The program offers a balance of educational theory and practical experience. Students observe and work regularly with children in schools and child development centers.

The purpose of the Early Childhood Education program is to establish quality programs for young children and their families and prepare competent and ethical childcare workers and educators.

The program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. The curriculum includes the growth, learning and development of children in three distinct age groups:

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • Montessori Education, Infant and Toddler 0-3 Years
  • Montessori Education, Early Childhood 3-6 Years

Montessori Education is a two-year Associate of Arts degree and Teacher Education endorsement (ZS) in Early Childhood Education. Students also may pursue institute training to earn a Montessori credential through the Montessori Children's House adjacent to campus.

The program offers a balance of educational theory and practical experience. Course work focuses on developmental characteristics/behaviors, appropriate practices, assessment and administration.

Admission requirements


A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in college transfer coursework including official transcripts.

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Program content

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Infant Toddler Curriculum
  • Assessment In Early Childhood Education
  • Early Literacy: Birth To 5 Years
  • Programs For Young Children
  • Administration Of Child Care Centers
  • Child Development Practicum I
  • Seminar In Child Development
  • Research In Child Development

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees: $29,044
  • Total Estimated Direct Cost: $41,244
  • SHU Global (online and off-site locations) per credit hour: $545


Credits: 120

Siena Heights University's Division of Education was granted national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for the full seven years, from Spring 2020 to Spring 2027. This accreditation certifies the forenamed professional initial certification programs has provided evidence of meeting all CAEP's standards.

Career paths

Graduates in Early Childhood Education are prepared for a variety of careers working with young children and their families.

Career opportunities include direct service to children and families as child care program directors, lead/assistant caregivers, teachers (preschool, infant/toddler, elementary certification with early childhood endorsement), nannies, recreation leaders and early interventionists.

Careers providing indirect service include early childhood advocates, licensing specialists, consultants, researchers, consumer advocates, marketing representatives and software developers. In addition, graduates completing the Montessori concentration degree are prepared for placements with infants/toddlers (0-3) and early childhood (3-6) Montessori emphasis.

To prepare students for career placement, students compile a professional portfolio including résumé, log of field experience, professional statements and work samples. Students also participate in mock interviews which help to prepare them for future interviews.

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Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University is a Catholic university founded in 1919 and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Enrolling a diverse community of traditional-age and working adult students, Siena Heights is a coeducational institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission that...

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Siena Heights University

1247 E. Siena Heights Drive
49221 Adrian Michigan
United States of America

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