Early Childhood Education

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Welcome to the Early Childhood Education (ECED) Program in the Department of Teacher Education, housed in the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies at Salisbury University. Our faculty and staff members are committed to preparing prospective teachers and we look forward to working with you.

Our work is guided by a conceptual framework centered on knowledge, skills and dispositions, critical for today’s educators to promote student success. You can find information about our Conceptual Framework’s specific themes and associated learning outcomes at

As a teacher candidate majoring in Early Childhood Education, you are expected to complete a rigorous program of study which meets state and national standards. This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for elementary school teacher certification (Pre-K-Grade 3). Candidates who successfully complete our requirements graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Teacher Education in the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies.  Although you are expected to meet regularly with your assigned faculty advisor to discuss your progress, you are responsible for meeting all Early Childhood Education requirements, as well as the general requirements outlined in the University Catalog.

Best wishes as you prepare to enter the teaching profession.

Director: Dr. Patricia Dean

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