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OHIO Chillicothe offers coursework leading to a Bachelors of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE), from The Patton College of Education at Ohio University. The Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) program prepares teacher candidates to work with children ages 3 to grade 5. The program aligns to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's (CAEP) K-6 standards and is also guided by recommendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Upon successful completion of the EdTPA and Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams, the program grants initial licensure for preschool-grade 5. The program provides intensive and sustained clinical experiences that are paired with integrative coursework with emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices, inclusive environments, and critical pedagogy.


The introductory ECEE 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 ECEE 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), a distinctive program preparing “teacher candidates” across all OHIO campuses to work with students in both rural and urban schools. Professional interns complete a 15-week Pre-primary Professional Internship in a Pre-kindergarten setting 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 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 and Elementary Education
Ohio University Chillicothe, CTC
101 University Drive
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601


Students interested in the early childhood major will enter Ohio University with a pre-major code of ND8929 (Pre-Early Childhood & Elementary Education). If you are enrolled in a different major or college at Ohio University, and you wish to transfer into this major, you must either declare the pre-major code, ND8929 (if you don’t yet meet the admission criteria) or apply for admission (if you do meet them). You must have at least a 3.0 GPA to declare the non-degree code. To be admitted to the major, you must apply and be accepted after successful completion of the admission criteria.


Candidates can apply for Teacher Candidacy when the following requirements are met

  1. Completion of 30 semester hours of credit with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. If a transfer student, transcripts from previous institutions must be submitted with the application materials.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course: 
    • ENG 1510 Freshman Composition: 3 credits
    • EDEC 1600 Intro to Child Development: 3 credits
    • EDTE 1000 Intro to Teacher Ed: 3 credits
    • HIST 2000 US Hist 1700-1865, HIST 2010 US Hist 1865-Present, or POLS 1010 Politics in US: 3 credits
    • Complete at least 2 of the 3 courses listed below: 
      • Biology 1010 with lab
      • Geology 1010 with lab
      • Physical Science 1010 (no lab)
    • MATH 1101: 4 credits
    • Humanities and Literature: 3 credits
    • Fine Arts: 3 credits
  3. Personal Essay Statement
  4. Submission of results of the tuberculosis skin test
  5. Submission of a background check (BCI & FBI)


Candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, as well as a 2.75 GPA in each teaching field for which licensure is sought to continue to take education courses numbered 3000 or above. Methods courses can be taken no more than twice. Failure to obtain a satisfactory grade can result in dismissal from the program. Generally, candidates apply for Advanced Standing in Teacher Candidacy at the end of the second semester of the sophomore year.

These requirements are subject to change.

  1. 60 hours
  2. 2.75 cumulative GPA
  3. 2.75 GPA in teaching field
  4. Completion of the following courses with a "C" or better:

Math 1101 & 1102

ENG 1510

HIST 2000, HIST 2010, OR POLS 1010

GEOL 1010

PSC 1010

BIOL 1010

EDTE 1000

ECEE 1600

ECEE 2400, 2001, 2301, 3801, 2500, 2701, 3610

EDPL 2910 

  1. BCI and FBI background checks
  2. Advanced Standing Application


Be prepared to commit 40 hours (one half day a week) throughout the semester if you are registered for one of the classes associated with sophomore clinical. These classes include: ECEE 2001, 2301, 2500 and 3801. 

Be prepared to commit 80 hours (one whole day or two half days a week) throughout the semester if you are registered for one of the classes associated with junior clinical. These classes include courses connected to ECEE 3002 and 3003. 

The RUC (Rural Urban Collaborative) is completed during junior clinical and will have a separate placement in Columbus Public Schools. Students should expect to spend 4 days observing in a Columbus City School. 

The Pre-Primary Internship (EDPL 2910) is completed spring of the sophomore year. Students should expect to spend at least 180 hours in the field. 

The Primary Internship (EDPL 4580/4590) is completed spring of the senior year. It is a full-time experience in a primary classroom. This is an Athens course and students should expect to pay Athens tuition this semester. Field Placement is completed through an Athens supervisor. 

You must have a valid BCI/FBI clearance in the Field Experience Coordinator's Office at Ohio University Chillicothe before you will be placed in a field experience classroom.

It is your responsibility to be sure that your BCI/FBI Clearances are up to date before each semester that you are registered for a course that includes a clinical field experience. An expired security clearance will delay the beginning of your field experience and may even result in your having to withdraw from the class.

Please contact Lorna Buskirk buskirk@ohio.edu for field experience information and placement for your clinical experiences.


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

  • Federal Grants and Loans
  • Ohio University Scholarships
  • State Grants and Loans
  • T.E.A.C.H. Grants
  • Power Ohio

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at FAFSA 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.


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