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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, successful 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. Applications for selective admission will be accepted electronically before the end of each semester. (Deadlines are Nov. 15, April 15, and Aug. 15). Read more about the admission requirements.

Ready to APPLY? Consult your Academic Advisor for advising and information about “next steps and download and save the Application Form.

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Program Coordinators

Jeesun Jung, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Athens Campus Advisors:
Eugene Geist, Ph.D.

Sarah Hartman, Ph.D.
Jeesun Jung, Ph.D.
Laura Wentworth, M.Ed. 

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)