Early Childhood Education

Nurturing success from an early age

Your interest in early childhood education is celebrated at Fontbonne, and our faculty is dedicated to providing you with the tools and knowledge you need to help young minds develop. As an early childhood educator, director or parent advocate, you can make a difference in the lives of children. Fontbonne’s early childhood major includes coursework and practical experience in areas such as child development, early childhood education and administration, parenting, and family relationships.

Program Highlights

Your interest in ensuring the youngest learners receive the positive encouragement,  intellectual stimulation, and educational support necessary for success in school and life is at the heart of our early education program.

  • Early, hands-on experience outside the classroom
  • Optional Missouri teaching certification: early childhood (birth – third grade) or early childhood/special education (birth – third grade)
  • Development of creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Development of effective communication skills, ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • Internship/practicum placements that encourage student’s individual professional interests
  • This program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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In-Field Learning Experiences

Expand on your in-class lessons with special programs that put you in the field, providing practical experience that reinforces your studies.

  • In-Field Learning: Teaching, Early Childhood/Special Education Summer Camp, Belize, SU’15
  • Internship: Assistant to the Director, Washington University Family Learning Center, SU’15
  • Internship: Teaching, Sacred Heart Villa, SP’14
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Career Opportunities

Learn how you can put an Early Childhood Education degree to work. 

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Graduate Successes

  • Jamie Kessler, ’15, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Brentwood Early Childhood Center
  • Erin Amador, ’14, John Cary Early Childhood Center, Mehlville School District, Outstanding New Teacher Award by The Missouri Association of Colleges For Teacher Education (MACTE)
  • Molly Maxwell, ’08 Owner/Teacher, Wise Little Owls Preschool & Childcare Center, Cuba, MO
  • Gina Siebe, Ph.D. ’81, Executive Director of the Clayton Early Childhood Center

Resources

Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105

314-862-3456

fbyou@fontbonne.edu

Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm

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