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Early Childhood

Undergraduate Only

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is Nationally Recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The 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.

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, successful ECE teacher candidates begin their professional sequence of courses in Partnership Schools on the Athens Campus.

  • Click Here to read about ECE Professional Development School Partnerships in The Patton College.
  • Click Here to read about the Child Development Center.

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.

  • Click HERE to view more information about the B.S.Ed. (Early Childhood Education) major.
  • Click HERE to view more information about the A.A.S. (Child Development) major.

Consult your Academic Advisor for advising and information about “next steps.”

Program Coordinators:

Jeesun Jung, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The Patton College of Education
Lindley Hall 146

Qiuping Cao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
The Patton College of Education
Brasee Hall 505
Ohio University – Lancaster Campus
740-654-6711 Ext. 246

Athens Campus Advisors:
Eugene Geist,
Sara Hartman,
Jeesun Jung,
Laura Wentworth,

Regional Campus ECE Coordinators:

Chillicothe Campus:
Mary Barbara Trube,

Eastern Campus:
Paula McMurray Schwarz,

Lancaster Campus:
Quiping Cao,

Southern Campus:
Linda Mann,

Zanesville Campus:
Hannah Nissen,