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Early Childhood Degree Program


teacher teaching4The ECE program leads to P-3 (Prekindergarten – Grade Three) licensure in the State of Ohio. The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) is awarded to successful program completers upon graduation from the ECE program in The Patton College of Education. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is Nationally Recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Choose an option below to learn more. 

Ohio University students, who are interested in pursuing the B.S.Ed. in ECE, enter their program-of-study as non-degree students. Upon meeting criteria for selective admission into the ECE program, for current Ohio University students, ECE teacher candidates begin their professional sequence of courses in Partnership Schools on the Athens Campus.

ECE Professional Development School Partnerships

The Child Development Center

Degrees Offered
Advisors are available to guide students every step of the way as they pursue their personal goals of becoming highly competent teachers of children in P-3 settings or practitioners supporting families and children in birth to prekindergarten settings. Choose an option below to learn more or APPLY NOW.

B.S.Ed. (Early Childhood Education)

A.A.S. (Child Development)


The Early Childhood Education program has a selective admission policy. Students interested in the program must meet the criteria for selective admission. Students who are interested in pursuing the B.S.Ed. in ECE, enter their program-of-study as non-degree students, and then apply to enter into the ECE program. Applications for selective admission will be accepted electronically before the end of each semester. (Deadlines are Nov. 1, April 1, and Aug. 15). The application form for the August 15th deadline will accept applications from June 15th - August 15th. Read more about the admission requirements.

Ready to APPLY? Consult your Academic Advisor for advising and information about “next steps".  The application to Early Childhood in now entirely online.  Click on the link below to start your application. Please do not send or attach the older version.

The following link is for the April 1st application deadline. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on April 1st. 

Link to Apply: 

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Program Coordinator

Gene Geist
McCracken Hall 309HH

Program Faculty:
Christopher Andersen
Eugene Geist
Sarah Hartman
Jeesun Jung
Laura Wentworth

Information for current students

Field Experiences in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Center Professional Internship

Early Childhood Partnerships

The Ohio Department of Education Office of Certification/Licensure

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)