Early Childhood Education
Offered by the Education department.

Pre-school, pre-K, and kindergarten teachers have an incredibly rewarding opportunity: to instill a love of learning and prepare children for a lifetime of discovery. As an early childhood education major, you’ll learn about child development and literacy, explore play and teaching strategies, and gain real-world experience observing, assisting, and teaching in diverse classrooms. With this degree and required certifications, you can provide care or teach in settings such as preschools, public and private elementary schools, community childcare programs, and social service organizations. Wheaton early childhood education students also choose a second major, broadening your career possibilities in education and beyond.

Early Childhood Education Information Form

Early Childhood Education Four Year Plan



100% of Early Childhood Education majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Early Childhood Education majors

Recent Graduates

Sample first jobs

  • Afterschool Kindergarten Teacher, New Beginning Family Academy
  • Assistant Director and Pre-K Teacher, Busy Bee Childhood Development Center
  • Grade 2 French Immersion Teacher, Milton Public Schools
  • Literacy Tutor, Meriden Board of Education
  • Preschool Teacher, The LEAP School

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Assumption College
  • Lesley University

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 78% for the classes of 2014-2018

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Amber Proteau

2020, Elementary Education, Psychology

Kristen Shea Bettencourt '89 Wheaton Fund Internship

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Burlington/Bolton, VT

This experience has been an amazing opportunity, as I have been able to work with people of all ages with a range of disabilities. I have now decided to focus my career on special education.

Lauren Hunt

2020, Early Childhood Education, Psychology

Davis International Fellowship

International Medical Aid, Mombasa, Kenya

I saw firsthand how feeling and showing compassion for another individual has an astounding effect on life for both people.

Rebecca Goldin

2019, Early Childhood Education, Psychology

Elizabeth Stitt '88 Wheaton Fund Internship

Research Assistant for Professor Vicki Bartolini, Norton/Brockton, MA

This internship has shown me the different opportunities there are in the education field. Professor Bartolini is such an inspiration and has shown me that you can go from being an elementary school teacher to a college professor, as well as a department head – and even an author.