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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood





OHIO Chillicothe offers coursework leading to a Bachelors of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Early Childhood, from The Patton College of Education at Ohio University. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is nationally recognized through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Degree completers are eligible to take the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) exam to qualify for early childhood licensure (Pre-kindergarten through Grade Three) in the state of Ohio. This Ohio P-3 License is portable to most states throughout the United States and its territories. Click on the link below to see a brochure about the program.

Early Childhood Education Bachelors Degree Printable Program Brochure


The introductory ECE curriculum may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis with day, evening, blended, and online classes available. The professional and advanced curriculum requires attending day and evening courses, however, there is flexibility in scheduling. Students typically start fall semester, but may enter the program at any point during the academic calendar. Full-time students should enroll in 15 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students may pursue the degree at a rate they desire, however, a minimum of seven credit hours of course work each semester is recommended. Course and program prerequisites must be met prior to enrollment; therefore, each student is assigned an advisor to assist with the desired program of study. In all, students completing the degree requirements will earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The Chillicothe campus also offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Child Development that is aligned with the ECE degree. For information about the A.A.S. degree in child development click here.


Students enrolled in the ECEE program complete their early-field and clinical-field placements and professional internships in classrooms and programs for children ages birth through grade 5. Public and private area schools and agencies partner with OHIO Chillicothe to mentor ECEE students enrolled in methods of teaching in a variety of content areas. During their junior year, teacher candidates participate in the Rural-Urban Collaborative (RUC), which is a distinctive program preparing “teacher candidates” across all OHIO campuses for working with students in urban areas. Many of the RUC placements are in city schools located in Columbus and Chillicothe. Professional interns complete a 15-week Pre-primary Professional Internship in a Pre-kindergarten settings throughout one semester, and a 15-week Primary Professional Internship in a Kindergarten through Grade 5 school throughout one semester.


Education courses are conducted in Bennett Hall and in the Child Development and Family Service Center*, located on the hill across from the Shoemaker Center. Blended education courses are offered face-to-face and online. Field, clinical and internship experiences, designated as “lab” experiences, are arranged by the Coordinator of Clinical-Field Placements in partnering schools and agencies, and have an online Blackboard component.

*All students taking courses between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Child Development and Family Service Center are required to provide OHIO Chillicothe with current BCI and FBI reports through the U.S. mail, prior to the start of classes. When obtaining the reports, provide the mailing address below:

Early Childhood Education
Ohio University Chillicothe, CTC
101 University Drive
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601


Students enter the Early Childhood Education major with a premajor code ND8837. Students interested in the ECE program can apply to the major after completing specific requirements listed under Departmental-Level Requirements for Teacher Education. Enrollment in the ECE program is limited to promote quality instruction, appropriate field, clinical, and internship placements, and effective advising. At the same time, students apply for Professional Standing in Education. Consult with your advisor about requirements and timelines for OHIO Chillicothe students applying for programs and professional, advanced, and internship levels in the ECE program.


Students are eligible for many different financial aid resources. These include:

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible. For OHIO Chillicothe, use the University Federal School Code: 003100 and 003102.

For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office at (740) 774-7289 or toll free at (877) GO-2-OUCH.


A Bachelor's of Science in Education Degree in Early Childhood Education includes the following requirements in education:

EDEC 1001  Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDEC 1600  Introduction to Child Development
EDEC 2001  Sophomore Clinical Experience (taken fall, spring, summer with EDEC 2100, 2301, 3610, 3701, or 3801)

EDEC 2100  Children’s Literature and Storytelling in the Early Childhood Classroom
EDEC 2301  Emergent Mathematics and Science Birth through Five Years
EDEC 2400  Infant-Toddler Education: Development, Curriculum and Program
EDEC 2500  Emergent Literacy and Reading
EDEC 3002  Junior Clinical Experiences I
EDEC 3003  Junior Clinical Experiences II
EDEC 3110  Methods of Teaching Reading Grades 1-3
EDEC 3120  Observing Young Children for Reading Strategies and Skills
EDEC 3300  Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood P-3
ECED 3400  Teaching Science in Early Childhood P-3
EDEC 3500  Teaching Early Childhood Social Studies
EDEC 3610  Guidance and Classroom Management in Early Childhood
EDEC 3701  Diversity in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 4100  Family, School and Community
EDEC 4200  Philosophy and Theories of Child Development and Education
EDEC 4300  Authentic Assessment in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 4500  Principles and Practice of Curriculum in Early Childhood
EDCT 2030  Technological Applications in Education
EDTE 2000  Learning and Human Development
EDTE 2010  Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities
EDTE 2020  Field Experience in Education
EDTE 2200  Phonics and the Structure of Language
EDTE 3710  Instructional Adaptations for Early Childhood Learners with Exceptionalities and Diverse Needs



Professional Internships in Teaching:

EDPL 4670: Early Childhood Pre-Primary Internship Seminar
EDPL 4910: Professional Internship in Early Childhood


The following courses satisfy the university’s Tier III requirements. This block of Primary Professional Internship courses are coordinated, taught, and supervised through the Patton College of Education at OHIO; therefore, these courses require enrollment through the Athens campus. Athens tuition and fees apply to the following block of courses:

EDPL 4580: Professional Internship in Early Childhood (Tier III)
EDPL 4590: Professional Internship in Early Childhood (Tier III)
EDPL 4650: Professional Internship Seminar

Suggested Program Template

This is a sample template to complete the degree in four years. In addition to the major requirements, you must meet university general education requirements of Tier II courses: a minimum of 21 semester hours of TIER II courses that are spread out in the six categories. You will need to take advantage of summer course offerings for some Tier II courses so that your load during regular semesters is lightened.

Tentative Semester Planner Information

Pre-Early Childhood (ND8837)


ENG 1510 Writing and Rhetoric I
#### XXXX  Natural Science TIER II
MATH 1101 Elementary Topics in Math I
EDEC 1600 Intro to Child Development
EDEC 1001 Intro to Early Child Education

MATH 1102 Elementary Topics in Math II
#### XXXX  Fine Arts TIER II
#### XXXX  Natural Science TIER II
ENG 1510 Freshman Composition
HIST 2010 Survey of U.S. History
POLS 1010 Politics in the U.S.

EDTE 2000 Learning & Human Development
EDTE 2010 Characteristics of Learners w/ Exceptionalities
EDTE 2020 Field Experience
#### XXXX  TIER II Elective
EDEC 2500 Emergent Literacy & Reading
EDTE 2200 Phonics

EDEC 3610 Guidance & Management I
EDEC 2100 Children’s Literature & Story  
EDEC 2301 Math & Science Before Age 6  
EDEC 2400 Infant & Toddler
EDEC 3801 Creative Experience
EDEC 3701 Diversity Experience
EDEC 2001 Sophomore Clinical

EDEC 3002 Junior Clinical Experience I
EDEC 3110 Methods of Teaching Reading
EDTE 3710 Adaptations to Exceptionalities
EDEC 3300 Teaching Children Math P-3
#### XXXX  TIER II Elective
EDCT 2030 Technology Apps Education

EDEC 3003 Junior Clinical Experience II
EDEC 4300 Observing /Recording Child Behavior
EDEC 3120 Observing Children for Reading
EDEC 3400 Teaching Children Science P-3
EDEC 3500 Teach Early Childhood Social Studies  
EDEC 4500 Principles and Practice of Curriculum

In Early Childhood Tier III  

EDPL 4910 Professional Internship Early Childhood  
EDPL 4670 Professional Internship Seminar
EDEC 4100 Family, School & Community  
EDEC 4200JE Philosophy & Theories

EDPL 4590 Professional Internship Early Childhood  
EDPL 4580 Professional Internship Early Childhood  
EDPL 4650 Professional Internship Seminar

*Courses may not be offered in the order listed in the brochure.


Students in the Early Childhood Education program develop an electronic portfolio on LiveText that houses artifacts collected during their courses. LiveText must be purchased for the Sophomore Block that includes EDTE 2000, EDTE 2010, and EDTE 2020. The portfolio documents each candidate's progress in meeting National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as a highly qualified teacher of young children. Postings of relevant artifacts and program assessments are embedded assignments within courses for program and individual candidate levels of performance. 


Students begin the program as Pre-Early Childhood majors. Following successful completion of the first year, students apply for admission to the Early Childhood Education program and for professional education standing. During the sophomore year students apply for advanced standing. By October 1 of the junior year, each student applies for professional internship. 


The ECE program prepares individuals to work with young children birth through age eight and their families. In addition to being licensed to teach in public and private schools at the prekindergarten through grade three levels, graduates are prepared to work in state and federal programs serving families and in the child care industry. Graduates are also well prepared with the foundation for endorsement programs and advanced degrees in a variety of content specialties (e.g. intervention specialist, reading, teachers of English to speakers of other languages, instructional technology).


Amy Wolfe
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
Program Coordinator
Bennett Hall
T: 740.774.7367

Information about the Faculty

Jamie Harmount
Assistant Professor
Childhood Development & Family Center 119
T: 740.772.7360

Lorna Buskirk
Clinical Educator / Field Placement Coordinator / Instructor
Bennett Hall 242

Cheryl Gaus
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Sarah Good
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259