The Early Childhood Education license prepares students to teach young children in preschool through third grade.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is both a major and a pathway to a teaching license. Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with an ECE major can look forward to a teaching career that allows interaction with young children (preschool through third grade), their families and those who partner as advocates on behalf of children.
Students will successfully complete 126 credit hours in courses such as:
- Educational Theory & Reflective Teaching
- Observing and Understanding the Whole Child
- Collaborative Practices in Working with Families and Communities
- Children's Literature
- Practicum and Student Teaching Experiences
The Bachelor of Arts degree with an ECE major enables students to pursue careers in the following fields:
- Elementary school teacher
- Pre-school teacher
- Daycare center teacher or director
- Community outreach agencies
- Early childhood program development for corporations and nonprofits
Field experiences begin in the sophomore year, with service learning experiences in area schools. This continues into the junior year with practicums that are connected to methods of teaching courses. In the final semester, there is a culminating student teaching experience. These collaborative experiences bring to life the research and the theory of college course work.
Over time, early childhood teachers can take positions of leadership within a school, such as a lead teacher, department chair or curriculum coordinator. The program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). It prepares teacher candidates to use current research and knowledge about child development and learning to teach all young children.
For additional information, please contact the School of Education at 513-244-4801.
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