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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Program Overview

*This program is taught in a hybrid format

The Early Childhood Education Department programs prepare students to work as caring, socially responsible and reflective teachers of children from birth through grade 2. Our early childhood programs strive to ensure that all students will:

  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge of child development in order to create inclusive, developmentally appropriate environments, curriculum and activities. 
  • Create and use observing, documenting and assessing techniques in early childhood settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of best teaching practices and strategies in all curriculum areas including literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts.

The Department has a network of schools and programs for students to do field experiences and student teaching in lower and upper Westchester, Connecticut and New York City. The Early Childhood Education program is a nationally recognized program of excellence and approved by the New York State Department of Education. The department co-hosts professional conferences in Early Childhood Education, has an active alumni association and provides supportive career development.

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The STEAM Institute for Early Childhood Education, directed by Dr. Patricia Vardin, offers ongoing professional development for early childhood educators and school leaders in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

We're looking forward to future workshops on topics such as:

  • Innovative ways to teach STEAM with a hands-on approach
  • Geometry for young children

Past workshops have included:

  • An Arts Approach to STEAM
  • Exploring Space: The New Frontier
  • Let's Move: Integrating STEAM through Dynamic Movement Activities
  • Stop Clicking, Start Creating: Using Technologies in Developmentally Appropriate Ways

To be added to our mailing list or for further information, contact Dr. Patricia Vardin, Director of the STEAM Institute, at Patricia.Vardin@mville.edu or at 914.7982714.

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  • School of Education

    Jessica Tully
    Director of Graduate Programs