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Student Opportunities

The OUCDC serves as a practicum site for students majoring in Early Childhood Education in the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. Over four years, these students spend over two hundred and sixty hours at the Child Development Center. In their first experiences at the Center, the students develop basic understandings of early childhood education through observation and interacting with children and Master Teachers.

In further experiences including the Professional Internship, Professional Interns develop a deeper understanding of the pedagogy and practice of early childhood education through observation, planning, implementation, reflection, and documentation. The Professional Interns work as part of a teaching team of fellow Professional Interns and Master Teachers in the classroom.

The Center also serves as a practicum site for students in the following programs:

  • Interior Architecture
  • Physical Therapy
  • Industrial Technology
  • Health and Sport Sciences
  • Nutrition

Intern Programs:

  • AtCo Sheltered Workshop


The student involvement ranges from a single observation to on-going participation in the classroom environment.

The Center also employs students in the Work Study Program and PACE career exploration program.

Students Placements at OUCDC
In order for students to do lab work at the CDC, the following information must be on file:

  • Physical Form
  • Non-conviction Statement
  • Fingerprint/Background Check
  • Copy of High School Diploma or transcript with graduation date

For further information or questions about placements for students, please contact Cathy Waller, director, or Terry Swank, assistant administrator.

Site for Research
The OUCDC serves as a site for research by Center staff and University faculty and students. Research is done through observation in the classroom, video observations, and interaction with children. Researchers comply with University guidelines and permission is obtained from parents prior to beginning research.

Other Collaboration
We are always open to collaborative ideas. Please contact Cathy Waller or Terry Swank if you have a proposal for a collaboration.


For more information please contact:
The Ohio University Child Development Center
Horse Barn Lane
The Ridges, Building 27, Telp: 740-593-1819