Ohio University

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:
      • BIOL 1010
      • GEOL 1010
      • PSC 1011
    • MATH 1101: 3 credits
    • MATH 1102: 3 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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Suggested Schedule of Classes

Fall Semester - Year 1

  • ENG 1510 Freshman Composition - 3 credits
  • Tier II Natural Science (select 1 of 3 req.) - 4 credits
  • MATH 1101 Elem Top in Math I - 3 credits
  • EDEC 1600 Intro to Child Development - 3 credits
  • EDTE 1000 Intro to Teacher Education - 3 credits

Spring Semester - Year 1

  • MATH 1102 Elem Top in Math II - 3 credits
  • HIST 2000 or 2010 or POLS 1010 - 3 credits
  • TIER II Natural Science (select 1 of 3 req) - 4 credits
  • TIER II Humanities (2HL) - 3 credits
  • TIER II Fine Arts (2FA) - 3 credits

Fall Semester - Year 2

  • ECEE 2400 Infant/Tod Mental Hlth Dev - 3 credits
  • ECEE 2001 Sophomore Clinical Prac - 1 credit
  • ECEE 2301 Int Curriculum in Early Child Education - 3 credits
  • ECEE 3801 Play & creativity in Early & Elem School - 3 credits
  • ECEE 2500 Learning to Read - 3 credits
  • Tier II Natural Science (select 1 of 3 req) - 3 credits

Spring Semester - Year 2

  • EDPL 2910 Early Child Elem Educ Pre-Primary Internship - 4 credits
  • EDPL 2670 Early Child Elem Educ Pre-Primary Internship Seminar - 1 credit
  • ECEE 3701 Diversity & awareness in Early & Elem Education - 3 credits
  • ECEE 3610 Guidance & Classroom Management - 3 credits
  • Tier II Cross Cultural Perspectives - 3 credits

Fall Semester - Year 3

  • EDTE 2000 Learning & Human Dev - 3 credits
  • EDTE 2010 Char of Learn w/Exceptiona - 3 credits
  • EDTE 2020 Field Exp in Education - 1 credit
  • EDTE 2200 Phonics & Structure of Lang - 3 credits
  • ECEE 3110 Reading to Learn: Content - 3 credits
  • ECEE 3300 Meth of Teaching Math for Early Child & Elem Education - 3 credits

Spring Semester - Year 3

  • ECEE 3002 Junior Clin Exp in Elem Settings - 1 credit
  • ECEE 3500 Methods of Teaching Early & Elem Social Studies - 3 credits
  • ECEE 3400 Methods for Teaching Early & Elem Science - 3 credits
  • ECEE 4300 Authentic Assessment for Early & Elem Education - 3 credits
  • EDTE 3000 or HIST 3170 - 3 credits
  • EDTE 3710 Instructional Adaptations - 3 credits

Fall Semester - Year 4

  • ECEE 3003 Senior Clin Exp - 1 credit
  • ECEE 3120 Use Reading Assessments - 3 credit
  • ECEE 4100 Family, School, Comm - 3 credits
  • ECEE 4200 Phil & Theory Child Dev - 3 credits
  • ECEE 4400 Act Engaging Teach w/Lit - 3 credits
  • ECEE 4500 Prin of Curriculum - 3 credits

Spring Semester - Year 4

  • EDPL 4580 Intern Early Child* - 6 credits
  • EDPL 4590 Prof Internship* - 6 credits
  • EDPL 4650 Internship Seminar* - 3 credits
    • *Students must pay Athens fees