Alliance University’s Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education prepares students for New York State certification to teach children between grades 1-6. 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).

At a Glance


Specialized Accreditations



Why Study Childhood Education at Alliance University?

Alliance University’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 New York State initial certification
  • Leads to Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification
  • Offers a Christian-centric study of education for grades 1–6
  • 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

Career Opportunities

In addition to being prepared to work in the typical classroom context, graduates of this program will develop 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
  • International and domestic ministries
  • Mentoring or coaching
  • Research
  • Sales representatives for educational materials
  • Teaching/training in grade 1–6 contexts
  • Working with youth in agency-based contexts
  • Writing

Our Graduates

Our graduates have found career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Director of curriculum and instruction, K–12 school
  • Director of ESL program
  • Elementary classroom teacher
  • Enrichment teacher
  • Outreach academic coordinator for children’s ministries
  • Salvation Army staff
  • Staff advisor for robotics club
  • Track coach

Specialized Accreditations (3)

  • ACEI (Association for Childhood Education International)
  • Reviewed by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
  • ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)

Concentrations (2)

  • Communication and the Arts
  • English


“Being a great teacher requires that you understand the different ways students learn and connect ideas. Throughout my experience in AU’s Childhood Education program, classes were geared towards just that—a myriad of teaching and learning styles shared by my professors that provoked critical thinking, compelling discussion, great stories, and even laughter. I felt at home at AU, and I want my future students to experience that same atmosphere of challenge and acceptance.”

Maria V.
School of Education Graduate

Meet Key Faculty

Dr. Christine Willard

Director of M.S. Childhood Education, Childhood Special Education, and Inclusive Education Professor of Education

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