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Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Patton College of Education

Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood (BSEd)

Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education provides a wide range of programs to support the interests of prospective and practicing P-12 teachers at the undergraduate level. The department offers the opportunity for students admitted to professional education to pursue undergraduate courses leading to teacher licensure in the state of Ohio.

Early Childhood & Elementary Education

The early childhood and elementary education major prepares you to teach children three years old through fifth grade. In addition to being qualified to teach in primary grades, you can also teach in preprimary programs, such as public school preschools, private pre-kindergarten schools, childcare centers and Head Start programs.

You must meet the criteria for selective admission to and retention in teacher education. 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. Contact an academic advisor for details on the Early Childhood & Elementary Education selective admission criteria and process.

Students interested in the early childhood major will enter Ohio University with a pre-major code of ND8929 (Pre-Early Childhood & Elementary Education). If you are enrolled in a different major or college at Ohio University, and you wish to transfer into this major, you must either declare the pre-major code, ND8929 (if you don’t yet meet the admission criteria) or apply for admission (if you do meet them). You must have at least a 3.0 GPA to declare the non-degree code. To be admitted to the major, you must apply and be accepted after successful completion of the admission criteria.


Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of 30 semester hours of credit with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. If a transfer student, transcripts from previous institutions must be submitted with the application materials.
  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course:
    • ENG 1510 Freshman Composition: 3 credits
    • EDEC 1600 Intro to Child Development: 3 credits
    • EDTE 1000 Intro to Teacher Ed: 3 credits
    • HIST 2000 US Hist 1700-1865, HIST 2010 US Hist 1865-Present, or POLS 1010 Politics in US: 3 credits
    • Complete at least 2 of the 3 courses listed below:
      • Biology 1010 with lab
      • Geology 1010 with lab
      • Physical Science 1010 (no lab)
    • MATH 1101: 4 credits
    • Humanities and Literature: 3 credits
    • Fine Arts: 3 credits
  3. Personal Essay Statement
  4. Submission of results of the tuberculosis skin test
  5. Submission of a background check (BCI & FBI)

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Clinical Field Experiences

Be prepared to commit 40 hours (one half day a week) throughout the semester if you are registered for one of the classes associated with sophomore clinical. These classes include: ECEE 2001, 2301, 2500 and 3801.

Be prepared to commit 80 hours (one whole day or two half days a week) throughout the semester if you are registered for one of the classes associated with junior clinical. These classes include courses connected to ECEE 3002 and 3003.

The RUC (Rural Urban Collaborative) is completed during junior clinical and will have a separate placement in Columbus Public Schools. Students should expect to spend 4 days observing in a Columbus City School.

The Pre-Primary Internship (EDPL 2910) is completed spring of the sophomore year. Students should expect to spend 180 hours in the field.

The Primary Internship (EDPL 4580/4590) is completed spring of the senior year. Students should expect to spend 600 hours in the field. Usually full-time five days a week in a primary classroom. This is an Athens course and students should expect to pay Athens tuition this semester. Field Placement is completed through an Athens supervisor. 

You must have a valid BCI/FBI clearance in the Field Experience Coordinator's Office at Ohio University Lancaster before you will be placed in a field experience classroom.

It is your responsibility to be sure that your BCI/FBI Clearances are up to date before each semester that you are registered for a course that includes a clinical field experience. An expired security clearance will delay the beginning of your field experience and may even result in your having to withdraw from the class.

Please contact Dr. Joyce Thompson at 335 Brasee Hall or email thompj15@ohio.edu for field experience information and placement for your clinical experiences.

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Four-Year Sequence of Courses and Requirements