Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education


Nyack’s Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education prepares students for New York State certification to teach children from birth to second grade. Our program has reciprocity with virtually all other states, allowing our graduates to teach outside of New York State with relative ease. Candidates are also certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

Why Study Early Childhood Education at Nyack?

Nyack’s biblically based program is highly regarded by Christian, public, charter, and private schools for the quality of its graduates with regards to their intellect, pedagogy, and disposition. In addition, our program:

  • Leads to ACSI (Association of Christian School International) certification

  • Leads to New York State certification

  • Offers a Christian-centric study of education (birth to second grade)

  • Strongly emphasizes diverse and inclusive clinical experiences

  • Offers overseas student teaching options

  • Offers Global Service-Learning opportunities

  • Is taught by highly qualified and experienced Christian faculty

What Will I Study?
  • What it means to be a Christian teacher in infant, toddler, and nursery contexts

  • Diverse clinical experiences

  • Cognitive, moral, and social child development from a Christian perspective

  • The historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education

  • Research-based pedagogical instructional strategies and assessments across disciplines

  • Accommodations for diverse populations

Career Opportunities

In addition to being prepared to work in the typical classroom context, graduates of this program will develop many valuable twenty-first century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication. Media and technology applications are stressed. Other career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • After school program teacher/coordinator

  • Curriculum and program development

  • Early childhood center director

  • Family support specialist

  • Mentoring or coaching

  • Research

  • Sales representative for educational materials

  • Teaching/training in birth to second grade contexts

  • Writing

Our Graduates

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of contexts. For example:

  • Childcare center director

  • Children's fitness instructor

  • Domestic missionary

  • Early intervention specialist

  • Head Start teacher

  • International au pair

  • Preschool or elementary teacher

  • Special Education itinerant teacher

  • Universal pre-kindergarten teacher

​Key Faculty

Dr. Christine Willard

Associate Professor of Education

Phone: 4541
Ph.D. Northcentral University; M.S. C.W. Post Center, Long Island University; B.S. Nyack College


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Specialized Accreditations:  ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International); NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education); NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

Concentrations:  Communication and the Arts; English; English with TESOL emphasis; Health and Science; Math/Science/Technology; Social Studies


“The Education program at Nyack allows you to express yourself as a teacher and helps you to develop into a well-rounded Christian.” Shawnja Pratt, Class of 2016

“I've been utilizing many of the things that I learned at Nyack. In 2014, I had the privilege of being one of the head teachers at my school, and I taught other teachers how to manage classrooms and many other things.” Lydia HaEun Kim, Class of 2007