The Department of Psychology and Education is a member of the School of Liberal Arts. It is comprised of courses and programs in (a) psychology, (b) early childhood education and (c) teacher education. The department supports the liberal arts curriculum and the college’s overall mission to provide students with transferable liberal arts courses, courses to fulfill the general education requirements in numerous curricula, providing a comprehensive background in the behavioral sciences. Our faculty members are experienced professional educators who keep abreast of their specializations through continuing education credits, public speaking engagements, research, personal counseling, or organizational consulting. These endeavors enrich the overall educational experience for our students and provide a broad exposure to the rich and varied subspecialties of psychology and education.

The Teacher Education Program follows the curricular model of teacher education typical at many four-year colleges and universities. We offer ten specializations designed to meet the requirements of the first two years of a baccalaureate-level teacher education program in elementary or secondary education. Students planning to pursue a teaching degree at a four-year institution should enroll in one of the following specializations that provide the foundation teacher education courses, as well as courses in one’s intended major: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, physical education, psychology, sociology, Spanish, or visual arts.

The Early Childhood Programs offer a range of programs for those students who are interested in teaching young children. They provide a unique and challenging experience of practice teaching and are designed to accommodate the new high school graduate as well as those who may be returning to school. You may choose to begin your college experience with the Early Childhood Certificate program and then complete the Associate in Science degree.

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education focuses on ensuring that you develop theoretical and practical knowledge in a broad range of academic areas. The degree prepares one to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Early Childhood Education at a senior college or university.

The Early Childhood Development Certificate is a 35-credit certificate program designed to prepare one for a career as a teacher in a pre-kindergarten setting.

John Williford, Chair
Chair, Department of Psychology and Education