Student Shyreeta Robinson shares her experience in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education accelerated program.

Why did you choose Concordia?

Enrolling in the Early Childhood program at Concordia University was my choice as a transfer student, driven by the desire for a program that offered more flexibility for daily commitments and a condensed learning period of 6-8 weeks, in contrast to the traditional 16-week approach.

What do you like about the program?

I appreciate that I only need to attend classes one day a week for 4 hours. This arrangement aligns with my priorities as an adult learner, allowing me to reclaim more time while receiving a quality education in my field.

What has been your favorite course?

So far, the EDI courses have had the most significant impact on me, particularly those that focused on developmentally appropriate practices in understanding how children learn. This is a topic I am extremely passionate about, and these courses played a crucial role in enhancing my comprehension. I must emphasize that all of my early childhood instructors are remarkable educators.

Why are you interested in early childhood education?

My primary interest in early childhood education lies in understanding the development of children from birth to 8 years old. I am keen on exploring the best practices in teaching them and actively participating in their development.

Would you recommend this program?

Yes, I recommend this program to others. It allows working adults to receive formal education in early childhood education, accommodating their schedules. This enables them to apply the acquired knowledge and make a positive impact in the field of early childhood education.

Do you have any advice for future students?

My heartfelt advice to future students is, no matter what, to keep pursuing your dreams through education, to keep going, to not quit, and to never give up. Be determined to reach your goals no matter what may happen (because things will definitely happen along the way). I kept going and did not quit, and you can, too! It is so rewarding!

What have been your favorite parts of the program so far?

Passing the college algebra class with a B was my most memorable experience in the program. Overcoming my challenges with math, which isn’t a strength of mine, required me to work twice as hard and persevere through self-doubt to successfully complete the course.

Alternatively, the check-ins, devotions, and prayer led by Dr. Tanya Johnson at the beginning of every class in every course were also significant. These sessions helped me release whatever was weighing me down at the moment, preparing my mind to fully engage with and absorb the teachings during that class period.

How has the faculty supported you?

The faculty provided support by being willing to meet and work with me whenever I needed extra assistance throughout the course. Additionally, I felt encouraged and appreciated when the faculty complimented me on a job well done with my assignments.

What are your goals after the program?

In the future, I plan to utilize my degree to pursue a master’s degree in education. I aspire to teach early childhood education courses at the college level, aiming to assist individuals passionate about early childhood education in deepening their understanding of children and developmentally appropriate practices.

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