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Early Childhood Major

Do you love watching young children learn and grow? Can you picture yourself being part of that process by teaching them to read and discover math concepts? Gordon sets the bar for teaching reading; our systematic approach based on scientific research is a benchmark of excellence across the nation. And because special education training is embedded in our early childhood education program, you will be prepared to teach across a wide range of ability levels.

Why study education at Gordon?

Gordon goes for 100. Gordon's intensely hands-on approach is just one of the reasons that 100 percent of our graduates promptly secure teaching positions, if they wish. Even before your full-time student teaching in your senior year, you will spend well over 100 hours in classroom settings, connecting content and methods to real-life learning. Add in broad liberal arts exposure, a second major for content mastery, and a firm Christian foundation, and you will be holistically prepared to excel as an effective teacher.

booksA+ for Early Reading Instruction

Gordon College’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program is one of only 15 in the U.S. to earn an A+ by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) for its strong commitment to evidence-based reading instruction—an approach used in all of Gordon’s undergraduate and graduate education programs. Read more ➔

What careers can I pursue with an early childhood education major?

Because of Gordon’s strong emphasis on practical classroom experience, you will be highly qualified for an initial Massachusetts teaching license (and comparable license in all 50 states and U.S. territories), and for a wide range of teaching positions across the country and around the globe, including:

  • Public schools 
  • Private schools
  • Christian schools
  • Global missions 

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Go the extra mile!

Consider a second major or minor as you work toward becoming a highly qualified, well-rounded, licensed educator. Choose from the list below, or from any of Gordon’s other major and minor offerings:

After earning your bachelor’s degree, you may choose to continue your studies in Gordon’s Graduate Education program, which will prepare you to become a reading specialist, math specialist or educational leader.


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