Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Undergraduate students pursuing an Initial Teaching License for Early Childhood and Elementary Authorizations must declare an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major.

Add-on endorsements in Reading and Basic Math (grades 5-8 only) are available for those completing the licensure program.

Our graduates will be able to:

  • Exhibit the knowledge, skills, abilities, and professional dispositions required for the Oregon Initial License, as provided in Oregon Administrative Rule 584-018-0105, and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards.
  • Model the values, ethics, and character of a Christian educator in a diverse and change world.
  • Meet the high standards of the program in coursework, clinical experiences, and work products, leading to the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical achievement of the students they will teach.

Pre-Admission (typically eligible after completing ED 250)

  • Application
  • Education declared as a major
  • Successful completion of ED 250 with concurrent 30 hour practicum
  • Completed and passed at least 24 Semester Credits
  • A personal narrative stating “Why I want to be a teacher” (minimum 250 words)

Full-Admission (eligible after completing ED 281 and ED 334)

  • Completed at least 45 semester credits with a career GPA 3.0 or above
  • Successful completion of ED 281with concurrent 50 hour practicum
  • Successful completion of ED 334 with concurrent 30 hour practicum
  • Four recommendation forms (3 from Warner Pacific faculty, 1 from off campus source)
  • Fingerprinting and Teachers Standards and Practices Commission background check (good for 3 years)
  • An interview with committee composed of Warner Pacific faculty members
  • Writing sample completed as part of the interview process


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Early Childhood/Elementary Education Major

Prerequisite: PSY 140 or 141

63 credits: 45 credits in residence, 48 credits upper division. Required:

ED 250Introduction to Education (with 30 hours of practicum)2
ED 240Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom3
ED 260Human Development and Learning Theory Implications for P-124
ED 281Curriculum Planning and the Role of the Teacher (with 50 hour practicum)3
ED 334Teacher as Manager (30 hrs of practicum)2
ED/EN 341Literature for Children3
ED 370Art and Music Methods in the Classroom2
ED 371Physical Education Methods in the Classroom 2
ED 372Literacy Methods in the Classroom4
ED 373Math Methods in the Classroom2
ED 374Science Methods in the Classroom2
ED 375Social Studies Methods in the Classroom2
ED 376ESOL Methods in the Classroom2
EDPSY 360Exceptional Learners3
EDPSY 395Observation, Assessment, and Evaluation3
MA 211Fundamentals of Elementary Math3
ED/SS 353Cultural Diversity3
ED 481Professional Development Seminar2
ED 491Student Teaching I (100-hour experience)2
ED 495Student Teaching II (15-week full-time experience)14

Education electives are chosen with your advisor.

 (Updated August 2016)