B.A. in Early Childhood Education

For those who love to work with young children, the B.A. in Early Childhood Education prepares graduates for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 teacher certification. Rivier’s strong, hands-on education program delivers:

  • Extensive field experience and teaching starting freshman year 
  • Eligibility for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement

In addition to the early childhood education major, students earn a minor in another discipline, and complete the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers, which are required for certification.

The program culminates with a 16-week student teaching assignment at a local school, which is coordinated by Rivier’s Education Department staff. Graduates are confident in front of a classroom; through observations and student teaching, they connect theory with practice for classroom success.

Rivier’s Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. It includes an eight-room early childhood laboratory school for children aged 6 months to 5 years, where students can conduct observations and gain hands-on experience. The Center also offers a parenting resource center, satellite-linked classrooms, and high-speed Internet and network access.

Rivier University is a College of Distinction. 

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B.A. in Early Childhood Education graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Preschool teachers
  • Kindergarten teachers
  • Elementary school teachers
  • Preschool administrators/owners
  • Childcare workers