Skip to: Main Content Search Main Navigation Audience Navigation
Visit Campus
Splash into Summer
Chat Live
College Credit Plus
Information about Events being held on Campus
Class Cancellation Notification Plan
Bobcat Bookstore

Early Childhood Education

Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Program Page


Lancaster Campus offers a complete Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree program leading to licensure in Pre-K through Grade 3 in Ohio. If you want to see a sample schedule of all the courses required for the program, scroll down to "Suggested Course of Study" and click "Early Childhood Program Template."


Advising FAQs, Forms and Other Documents



There are three clinical experiences (EDEC2001, EDEC3002, EDEC3003) that are designed to maximize the experience for early childhood teacher candidates in the program. To be eligible for a clinical experience, you must be at least a sophomore and have completed EDEC1600 and EDEC1001. You will need to get your BCI/FBI reports as well as medical statement before the semester starts. Please contact Rod Johnson at 335 Brasee Hall or email: for the required documents and placement for your clinical experiences.


EDEC2001: Be prepared to commit 40 per semester (one half day a week and two semesters consecutively) for your Sophomore/Preschool Clinical (EDEC2001) when you take the following courses: EDEC2100, EDEC2300, EDEC2500, EDEC3610, EDEC3700, EDEC3801. You will take these six courses in at least two semesters and complete a total of 80 hours in two different preschool classrooms/programs to prepare yourself for your Pre-primary Professional Internship in your senior year.


EDEC3002 & EDEC3003: Be prepared to commit 80 hours minimum for each of your Junior/Primary Grades Clinical when you take the following courses: EDEC3110, EDEC3120, EDEC3300, EDEC3400, EDEC3500, EDEC4300, EDEC4500, and EDTE3710. You complete the junior clinicals a semester before you start your senior year plan.


These three clinical experiences (EDEC2001, EDEC3002, EDEC3003) are repeatable and must be registered when you take the above mentioned courses.


Selective Admission

The Early Childhood Education program has a selective admission policy. Students interested in the program must meet the criteria for selective admission. Applications for selective admission will be accepted electronically before the end of each semester. (Deadlines are Nov. 15, April 15, and Aug. 15). The requirements include the following:


30 semester hours which include but are not limited to:

ENG1510, MATH1101

EDEC1001, EDEC1600

One Science with lab (Life, Earth, or Physical Science)

HIST2010 or POLS1010

A minimum of "C" or better in all of the above six courses

A minimum of overall GPA of 2.75 or higher

A minimum score of 21 on ACT; or 990 on SAT; or 

Scores of 162 or above in Writing, 156 or above in Reading, and 150 or above in Mathematics on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators.


For Early Childhood Major Selective Admission Application Form and instruction, go Patton College of Education Student Affairs website and click or go to Forms and scroll down to the middle of the page. You should see a series of Early Childhood Forms. The form you need is Early Childhood Major Application Form. To ensure that your application is processed and reviewed, read and follow the instructions on the application form carefully. Failure to do so will result in being rejected until the next cycle. Note that the application form must be submitted online. You are also required to submit your application to Professional Education (see the link below) prior to or at the same time you submit your early childhood application. ECE majors must be admitted to Professional Education in order to be admitted to the Early Childhood Education major.


Application For Professional Education: You should submit this form prior to or at the same time you apply to the major through the selective admission process. You must be admitted to Professional Education in order to be admitted to the Early Childhood major. Make sure you submit the application for Professional Education along with a copy of the current BCI&I and FBI reports and TB test results to Athens.



Application for Advanced Standing: You may submit this form in the semester that you complete all the requirements for Advanced Standing status. Make sure you send the current BCI&I and FBI background reports to be on file at Athens. Always review your DARS to see where you stand and what you need to fulfill as of the requirements. Advanced standing status is required to take any 300-level methods course.


Professional Internship in Teaching Application: You are required to submit the Professional Internship in Teaching Application by Oct. 1 of the academic year prior to your intended internship year. The form can be found toward the bottom of the website. Because you have to complete two internships, send one copy to Athens for your Primary Internship (EDPL4580, 4590, 4650) and one copy to Dr. Cao for your Pre-Primary Internship (EDPL4910 & EDPL4670). The Primary Internship will be Athens tuition.


OAE Assessments: Beginning in September 2013, all Early Childhood Licensure assessments will be through Ohio Assessment for Educators.  The assessment numbers are 001 for the Pedagogical Knowledge Assessment and 012 for the Content Knowledge Assessment. You should take them after you have completed your methods courses and are ready to start your professional internships or during your internships.


Reading Endorsement: After completing the Early Childhood undergraduate program, teacher candidates may take the required courses toward a reading endorsement at graduate level. 


4th and 5th Grade Early Childhood Endorsement: After you have completed your early childhood education degree, you may be able to add 4th- and 5th-grade teaching endorsement to your Pre-K through 3rd Grade teacher license by completing an online Early Childhood Generalist program at graduate level. 


For program advising, contact Dr. Cao or Dr. Dunning according to your DARS report. For course selection advising, please always review your own DARS and make a list of the courses that you have the prerequisite for and that meet your schedule before bringing it to your advisor. 


Suggested Course of Study



ECE Program Template is for Lancaster students only. This suggested program template is to guide you through the degree/program completion in four years. If you are not able to take all the suggested courses during a semester or you are off the chart, you may pick up some courses in summer or in later semesters when they are offered. Most courses in Year 1 and Year 2 are offered every semester which give you some flexibility in course selection. Please note that you may not take courses that require Professional Education (in BOLD) or Advanced Standing status without being admitted. To be sure that you have the most updated and accurate information, go to Athens ECE Site.



Contact Person

Qiuping Cao

740-654-6711 x 246


 Debra Dunning

740-654-6711 x 246


Information about the faculty

Qiuping Cao

PH.D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Coordinator, Early Childhood Program

Associate Professor

505 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 246


Debra Dunning

Ph.D. The Ohio State University


342 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 613


Terri Green

M.A. The Ohio State University

Part-Time Instructor

331 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 636


Field Experience and Internship Personnel

Rod Johnson

Clinical Experience Coordinator

335 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 641


Paula Brown

Primary Professional Internship Supervisor

335 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 227


Tentative Semester Planner Information


Links to Professional/Student Organizations

Ohio Department of Education Teacher Licensure


National Association for the Education of Young Children


NAEYC for Families

Fairfield AEYC


Link to Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog - Early Childhood Education