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Early Childhood Education

The Eastern Campus offers a complete Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree program leading to an Ohio teaching licensure for Pre-K through Grade 3. 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."


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Program Requirements

Ohio University Catalog for Early Childhood Education (BS6854)


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Admissions Information


Selective Admissions

The Early Childhood Education program has a selective admission policy. Students are admitted first as a Pre-ECE major, then must meet the criteria for selective admission. Applications for selective admission will be accepted electronically before the end of each semester. The deadlines are Nov. 15, April 15, and Aug. 15. The requirements include the following:

  1. Completion of 30 semester hours of credit with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; higher is preferred. A current DARS and (if a transfer student) transcripts from previous coursework at other institutions must be submitted with the application materials.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) is required; higher is preferred:
    1. Tier I freshman composition ENG 1510
    2. HIST 2000 or HIST 2010 or POLS1010
    3. Science – Select 1 course(s) with a lab from the following:
      1. Group 1: PHYS 2001; PSC 1011; PSC 1051; ASTR 1000 & 1400; OR ASTR 1001 & 1400
      2. Group 2: GEOG 1100; or GEOL 1010
      3. Group 3: BIOL 1010; or PBIO 1140
    4. Mathematics – 1 course MATH 1101 or 1102 or equivalent
    5. EDEC 1600
    6. EDEC 1001
  3. Satisfactory score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams. You must achieve scores of 162 or above in writing, 150 or above in mathematics, and 156 or above in reading OR be exempt from the test because of a standardized test score. You must have a composite score of 21 or better on the ACT and/or 990 or better on the SAT to be exempt. You cannot enroll in education courses until this requirement is met.
  4. Submission of the results of background checks through BCI AND FBI.
  5. Submission of results of the tuberculosis skin test.
  6. Screening and recommendation by a representative appointed by faculty.
  7. GPA may be considered in admission decisions for transfer students.


For the Early Childhood Major Selective Admission Application Form and instructions, go the Patton College of Education Student Affairs website and click on 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 to 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 to Professional Education along with a copy of the current BCI&I and FBI reports and TB test results to Athens.
Application to 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 in Athens. Always review your DARS to see where you stand and what requirements you need to fulfill. Advanced Standing status is required to take any 3000-level methods course.

Professional Internship in Teaching Application: You are required to submit the Professional Internship in Teaching Application by October 1 of the academic year prior to your intended internship year. The form can be found toward the bottom of the Patton College of Education “Form” website. Because you have to complete two internships, send one copy to Athens for your Primary Internship (EDPL 4580, 4590, 4650) and one copy to Dr. McMurray-Schwarz for your Pre-Primary Internship (EDPL 4910 & EDPL 4670). Athens tuition is required for the Primary Internship.

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.

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


For program advising, contact Dr. McMurray-Schwarz. For course selection advising, 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

The Early Childhood Education Program Template is for Eastern ECE 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 off the chart, you may pick up some courses in summer or in later semesters when they are offered. Most ECE courses are only offered once each year, so frequent contact with your adviser is critical to staying on the four-year plan. You may not take courses that require Professional Education or Advanced Standing status without being admitted.



There are three clinical experiences (EDEC 2001, EDEC 3002, and EDEC 3003) 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 EDEC 1600 and EDEC 1001. You will need to get your BCI/FBI reports as well as medical statement before the semester starts. Please contact Dr. Paula McMurray-Schwarz at 332E Shannon Hall or email: for the required documents and placement for your clinical experiences.

EDEC 2001: Be prepared to commit 40 hours per semester - one half-day each week for two consecutive semesters for your Sophomore/Preschool Clinical Experience (EDEC 2001) when you take the following courses: EDEC 2100, EDEC 2301, EDEC 2500, EDEC 3610, EDEC 3701, EDEC 3801. 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.

EDEC 3002 & EDEC 3003: Be prepared to commit 80 hours minimum for each of your Junior/Primary Grades Clinical Experiences when you take the following courses: EDEC 3110, EDEC 3120, EDEC 3300, EDEC 3400, EDEC 3500, EDEC 4300, EDEC 4500, and EDTE 3710. You complete the junior clinical experiences the semester before you start your senior year plan.


These three clinical experiences (EDEC 2001, EDEC 3002, and EDEC 3003) are repeatable and must be taken concurrently with the above mentioned courses. 



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Anticipated Schedule @ OUE (subject to change):

Fall Semester Offerings
Course Title Notes
EDEC 1600 Introduction to Child Development  
EDEC 2100 Children's Literature and Storytelling in the Early Childhood Classroom  
EDEC 2400 Infant-Toddler Education: Development, Curriculum and Program  
EDEC 2500 Emergent Literacy and Reading  
EDEC 3002 Junior Clinical Experiences I  
EDEC 3110 Methods of Teaching Reading Grades 1-3  
EDEC 3500 Teaching Early Childhood Social Studies  
EDEC 4100 Family, School and Community  
EDEC 4200 Philosophy and Theories of Child Development and Education  
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  
EDPL 4580 Professional Internship in Early Childhood  
EDPL 4590 Professional Internship in Early Childhood  
EDPL 4650 Professional Internship Seminar  
EDPL 4670 Early Childhood Pre-Primary Internship Seminar  
EDPL 4910 Professional Internship in Early Childhood  


Spring Semester Offerings
Course Title Notes
EDEC 1001 Introduction to Early Childhood Education  
EDEC 2001 Sophomore Clinical Experience  
EDEC 2100 Children's Literature and Storytelling in the Early Childhood Classroom  
EDEC 2301 Emergent Mathematics and Science Birth through Five Years  
EDEC 3003 Junior Clinical Experiences II  
EDEC 3120 Observing Young Children for Reading Strategies and Skills  
EDEC 3300 Teaching mathematics in Early Childhood P-3  
EDEC 3400 Teaching Science in Early Childhood P-3  
EDEC 3610 Guidance and Classroom Management in Early Childhood  
EDEC 3701 Diversity in Early Childhood Education  
EDEC 3801 Play and Creativity in Early Childhood 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 2200 Phonics and the Structure of Language  
EDPL 4580 Professional Internship in Early Childhood  
EDPL 4590 Professional Internship in Early Childhood  
EDPL 4650 Professional Internship Seminar  



Early Childhood Education at Ohio University