Early Childhood Education

Program Introduction

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education focuses on professional preparation and application of current theory, methods and practices for future teachers of pre-K through third grade classrooms. Students form a cohort and complete the five-block sequence of courses while gaining teaching experiences linked to coursework. All students complete field and practicum experiences in diverse settings, including urban and inclusive programs, and accumulate approximately 1,200 clock hours of field experience in preschool, kindergarten and primary classrooms.

Graduates of the program who pass the State of Ohio Assessment Test are eligible for Ohio licensure in Early Childhood, which is valid for teaching children, age 3 through third grade, who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted or who have mild/moderate educational needs.

Graduates also have the opportunity to receive an International Baccalaureate recognition certificate concurrent with the completion of the B.S.E. degree.

This Program is Right For You If You

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Have a love for teaching and learning
  • Want to gain experience teaching experience

This Program Will Teach You

  • Co-construct curriculum as a co-worker with learners and others (parents, families, colleagues and community members) to make sound decisions for learning and teaching experiences, as opposed to being passive receivers of prescribed curriculum.
  • Synthesize conceptual understandings of children, theory, content, technology and sociocultural contexts into meaningful activities and opportunities for learning with all pre-K through third grade students.
  • Engage in the habit of self-assessment in order to continually uncover unknown possibilities in children’s learning, classroom practice, educational theory and one’s own teaching identity in the local and global context.
  • Become committed to the children and their learning, the families and the local community while having an awareness of the global context; engage in continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning.
  • Apply skills, knowledge and dispositions to challenge “questionable” policies that limit opportunities for all children.
  • Utilize research and theory to develop varied and effective pedagogies and assessments that will positively impact all students’ learning (learning and teaching is a transdisciplinary practice).
  • Advocate as ethical leaders and moral agents striving for social justice,
  • Acknowledges and practices multiple, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multiracial, multi- social and -economic and multilingual perspectives in a global society.