Why Study Early Childhood Education at PNW?
Early Childhood Education at PNW is an experiential program that prepares you for licensure in grades P-3. You will be immersed in diverse field experiences that model best practices for teaching young children. As opportunities continue to grow in Early Childhood Education, you will enjoy a promising job outlook as a PNW graduate.
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer teaches courses in child development, developmentally appropriate curriculum, early literacy and child/family/school/ community partnerships. She is the campus liaison for the professional development partnership project, The Westville Little School, a demonstration preschool. Dr. Eisenhauer is the Director of the Center for Early Learning and has presented at international, national, state and regional conferences. Her articles are published in Young Children, Early Years, Indiana State Reading Journal and The South Shore Journal. Dr. Eisenhauer earned a BS in Speech-Language Pathology and MSEd Education & Social Policy from Northwestern University and EdD from National College of Education.
Areas of Study
- Primary grade teacher (P-3)
- Developmental therapist
- Child care director
- NCATE accredited
- NAEYC recognized
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Kelly Ramer, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University Northwest in May 2017, was hired as a preschool teacher with the Westville Little School – a school for three- and four-year-olds. Kelly intends to become a teacher that students will warmly remember years after leaving her classroom, like the instructors Kelly had at PNW. “Every one of my professors took time to care about my studies and help with the simplest questions.”
Where do our alums work?
- Westville Little School
- Head Start
- School City of East Chicago
- First Steps
- Valparaiso Community Schools
- Wanatah Public School
- Imagination Station
- Michigan City Area Schools
- Hilltop Neighborhood House
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Education
program must have:
- A 2.5 GPA and 2.8 Professional GPA
- Required to pass the CASA assessments (or
meet an approved alternative) measuring
proficiency in basic academic skills.
Early Childhood Students have paid internship opportunities through the Westville Little School.
Additionally, candidates may apply through various professional organizations for scholarships
(e.g., Indiana State Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa, etc,) or grants.
- EDPS 276 – Young Children with Exceptional Needs
- EDPS 277 – Nurturing and Guiding the Young Child
- EDCI 276 – Child, Family, School & Community Partnerships