GCC Childhood Education Program Ranked No. 2

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College’s early-childhood education program has been ranked as one of the best in the nation by Study.com.

The college’s bachelor of science in elementary education major was identified as the No. 2 program in the United States by the education and test prep website, which looked at statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. 

“Being ranked the No. 2 program in the country is a great thrill, but the real victory is the work that our students do after graduation,” said Constance Nichols, professor and chairwoman of Grove City College’s education department, in a statement.

The 50 schools on the list offer programs that prepare students for state certification and “blow away the competition in terms of field hours, student organizations, classes, financial aid and more without breaking the bank,” Study.com said in its ranking. 

The site identified many strengths for Grove City College, including community service projects, staff resources, career development, a curriculum library and opportunities to participate in research projects.

The college’s education department also operates the Early Childhood Education Center, a full-service preschool that just marked its 30th anniversary and offers students majoring in elementary and special education experience with over 70 students and families from the local community. 

“We’re proud of our comprehensive approach to preparing teachers,” Nichols said. “Our field experiences begin freshman year and continue throughout all four years, spiraling in intensity and duration as our students progress in their studies.” 

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