Our early childhood education program prepares students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades pre-kindergarten through 2. Accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education and grounded in a liberal arts tradition, our program integrates a content-oriented and comprehensive study of teaching methods with practical field experience in diverse settings.
Beginning in their first year, early childhood education majors visit local schools, introducing them to the diversity of students and families that comprise the communities in which they will work and initiating the process by which they can make a sustainable, positive impact. This “change impact” has long been a major emphasis of our curriculum and is created as our students build meaningful relationships within these communities.
Our students benefit from the personalized guidance they receive from faculty and school professionals. Through extensive clinical placements, which culminate in a semester-long student teaching assignment, they develop skills that enable them to put theory into practice, observe cutting-edge methods and gain valuable experience in their discipline.
During their final semester, most of our students take the elective course Senior Partnership, working 3-6 hours each week with children who have not met proficiency in varied academic areas. This opportunity allows them to extend their clinical experiences and further their impact on school success for young children.
Life After Salve
While the early childhood education degree is specifically focused on teaching pre-kindergarten through second grade, the core competencies gained are valuable in a variety of professional careers, including:
- After-school program administrator
- Charter school teacher
- Childcare worker
- Elementary school teacher
- Educational administrator
- Kindergarten teacher
- Preschool teacher
- Professional development specialist
- Teacher assistant