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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."

 

Contact Information

 

Additional Resident Education Faculty

Program Requirements

Ohio University Catalog for Early Childhood Education (BS6854)

 

Important Information for Students

 

Advising FAQs, Forms, and Other Documents

 

Admissions Information

 

Selective Admissions and Retention

The Patton College of Education has a selective admission and retention process that applies to all candidates who intend to complete the teacher preparation program through Ohio University. Decisions regarding the retention of teacher education candidates in licensure programs will be made through a continual evaluation of progress in coursework, clinical experiences, and field-based experiences. Evaluation criteria will be directly related to the specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with each experience. There are three selection phases in this process, two of which are described below. The third phase is detailed under “Professional Internship in Teaching.” A candidate may appeal a decision regarding admission or retention by filing an appeal with the Credential Review and Candidate Progress Board.

 

Admission to Teacher Candidacy for Early Childhood Majors

Applicants, who are interested in pursuing the B.S.Ed. in the early childhood education (ECE) major, enter their program-of-study with a premajor code of ND8834. Students can apply to the major after completing specific requirements listed under ECE Program Requirements. Upon acceptance into Teacher Candidacy, students will also be accepted into the ECE program major (BS6854).Enrollment in the program is limited to promote quality instruction, appropriate field placement and effective advising. Not all students who apply and meet the minimum criteria will be accepted.

Candidates accepted into the ECE major have met the criteria for admission to Teacher Candidacy with the following exceptions. Candidates must submit the application for admission to Teacher Candidacy along with the results of background reports through BCI and FBI, and the results of the tuberculosis skin test.

The following requirements must be met to be eligible for Teacher Candidacy to the Early Childhood Major (B.S.Ed.) major (BS6854):

  1. Completion of 30 semester hours of credit with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; higher is preferred.

  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) is required; higher is preferred:

  3. Satisfactory score on the PRAXIS CORE (Academic Skills for Educators) Test. You must achieve scores of 156 or above in reading, 150 or above in mathematics, and 162 or above in writing 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. Statement that your record is clear of felonies.

     

Admission to Advanced Standing in Teacher Candidacy

Candidates must be admitted to Advanced Standing before taking any education courses numbered 3000 or above. 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. Check with your adviser for more information.

 

These requirements are subject to change.

  1. General requirements
    1. Completion of 60 semester hours of credit with an overall GPA of 2.75.
    2. An accumulative GPA of 2.75 in each teaching field for which a licensure is sought.
    3. Satisfactory reports from:
      1. The Office of Community Standards
      2. Faculty
  2. Specific requirements for Early Childhood Education
    1. Admission to the ECE major and Teacher Candidacy
    2. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C in each course and a GPA of 2.75 or higher: 
      1. EDEC 2100 
      2. EDEC 2301  
      3. EDEC 2400 
      4. EDEC 2500  
      5. EDEC 3610 
      6. EDEC 3701 
      7. EDEC 3801    
      8. EDTE 2000 
      9. EDTE 2010 
      10. EDTE 2020  
    3. Mathematics – 2 courses Math 1101 or 1102 or equivalents
    4. Completion of two science courses with labs. Eight hours of science with labs are required. Courses must be chosen from the list below. Each course must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.
      1. PBIO 1140  or BIOL 1010 
      2. GEOG 1100  or GEOL 1010  
      3. PSC 1011 or PHYS 2001 or PSC 1051 or ASTR 1000 (AND) ASTR 1400 
    5. Candidates will not be admitted to Advanced Standing until all required courses are completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.
 
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 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.  

 

Other Endorsements

Ask your adviser about The Wheeling Jesuit University Endorsement in Multi-Categorical Special Education.

 

For program advising, contact Dr. McMurray-Schwarz or Mrs. Ciroli. 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.

 

Clinicals

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. Ohio University Eastern students participate in field experiences in both Ohio and West Virginia with schools and educational partners that have official fieldwork agreements with the campus. 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: mcmurray@ohio.edu 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.

 

Professional/Student Organizations

 

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