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Early Childhood Education

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education prepares you to teach children three years old through third grade. You can also teach in nursery schools, child-care centers, and Head Start programs. To receive a B.S.Ed. In early childhood education, you must achieve a passing score on the Praxis II exam prior to licensure.

Ohio requirements for licensure state that you must complete a general studies program that includes the arts, communication, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, sciences, and the social sciences.

Admission Information

All students pursuing teaching education programs at Ohio University - Zanesville are subject to the Selective Admission and Retention Program in teacher education. Criteria and procedures are available in the Office of Student Services.

Admission Requirements include:
Admission to professional Education requires that students successfully complete:
PSY 101 General Psychology
INCO 103 Public Speaking

  • Admission to Professional Education
  • Admission to Advanced Standing
  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • 2.75 Teaching Field GPA
  • Recommendation from Faculty
  • Fingerprinting
  • Complete Application from Licensure

Degree Requirements

Ohio requirements for licensure state that you must complete a general studies program that includes the arts, communication, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, sciences, and the social sciences. In addition, the general studies curriculum should incorporate multicultural and global perspectives. You should work closely with your faculty advisor to select courses that would fulfill both Ohio University General Education Requirements and the requirements for teacher licensure.

Students are required to fulfill Ohio University's General Education requirements (Tier I, Tier II, Tier III). Different concentrations may require a set of General Education courses be taken as part of Tier requirements. Consult with your advisor to plan a course of study that will meet both sets of requirements.

Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Required General Education Courses

Admission to professional Education requires that students successfully complete:
PSY 101 General Psychology
INCO 103 Public Speaking

Tier I, Tier II, Tier III courses

Science and Mathematics
Biological Science (with lab)
Physical Science (with lab)
Earth Science (with lab)
Math 120
Math 121
Math 122

Social Sciences
PSY 101
US History or US Political Science (History 211, 212, 213 or POLS 101, 102, 103)

English and Public Speaking
English 151/152/153
INCO 103

Primary Student Teaching
Apply by December 1 one year in advance
EDPL 458
EDPL 459
EDPL 465

Pre-School Student Teaching
Sign up at least 1 year in advance
HCCF 400 Early Childhood Seminar
HCCF 474 Early Childhood Student Teaching

Students must complete the following and get a grade no lower than a C:

Core Requirements
HCCF 160 Introduction to Child Development
HCCF 160A Observing & Recording Young Childhood Behavior
HCCF 170 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Related Requirements
HCFN 128 Introduction to Nutrition
NRSE 303 Health and Safety in Early Childhood
PESS 228 CPR
PESS Teaching of Physical Education

Admission to Professional Education is required to take the following ED courses
EDEC 206 Introduction to Integrated Curriculum
EDSP 271 Introduction to Education of Exceptional Children
HCCF 260 Diversity in Early Childhood
HCCF 260L Clinical: Diversity & Awareness
HCCF 361 Guidance & Classroom Management in Early Childhood
HCCF 361L Clinical: Guidance & Classroom Management in Early Childhood

Additional Courses May be Prerequisites for courses in advanced standing
EDEC 225 Emergent Reading and Literacy
EDCI 203 Technological Applications in Education
EDCI 220 Phonics
HCCF 363 Creative Experiences in Early Childhood
HCCF 363L Clinical: Creative Experiences in Early Childhood
HCCF 371 Family Development

Admission to advanced standing is required to take the following ED courses
EDEC 319 Reading & Literature in Early Childhood Classrooms
EDEC 330 Mathematics in Early Childhood
EDEC 330L Clinical: Mathematics in Early Childhood
EDEC 340 Science in Early Childhood
EDEC 340L Clinical: Science in Early Childhood
EDEC 350 Social Studies in Early Childhood
EDEC 350L Clinical: Social Studies in Early Childhood
EDEC 421 Observing Children for Reading Strategies and Skills
EDEC 421L Clinical: Observing Children for Reading Strategies and Skills
EDCI 371C Instructional Adaptations for Learners with Exceptionalities
HCCF 455 Curriculum & Teaching Strategies in Early Childhood
HCCF 455L Clinical: Curriculum & Teaching Strategies in Early Childhood
HCCF 463 Preschool Administration
HCCF 465 Parent Education
HCCF 467 Philosophy & Theories of Child

Select one of the following three courses
HCCF 462A Pluralistic Life Styles
HCCF 462B Parenthood
HCCF 462D The One-Parent Family

Optional additional courses for Reading Endorsement in the state of Ohio
EDCI 420 Teaching of Reading in the Content Areas
EDCI 422 Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities
EDCI 423 Reading Laboratory Practicum

Licensure Requirements

If you plan to teach in Ohio, you will apply for a teaching license one month before completing the required courses. Before you will be licensed to teach, passing scores for the Praxis II exam must be reported to Student Services.

You need a 2.75 overall g.p.a. and a 2.75 g.p.a. in each field for which licensure is sought. Applications may be obtained from Student Services. The license is issued by the State Department of Education and qualifies you to teach the subjects indicated on the license.

All students applying for a teaching license must undergo a background check by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI). The State Department of Education will not issue a new license until it received a copy of the background check from the BCI. This requirement includes:

  • Those applying for their first license
  • Those who have a license but who are applying for an additional license

Once you are issued a two-year provisional license, you are required to complete the Entry Year Program and Performance Based Assessment in order to be eligible for a five-year professional license.

Advising

Due to changes in the Ohio state standards, these requirements may be subject to change. Students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with an advisor to ensure completion of all required coursework.

Download program PDF Here.

For more information contact:

Dr. Hannah Nissen

nissen@ohio.edu or 740-588-1525

Dr. Li Zhou
zhoul@ohio.edu or 740-588-1542