Early Childhood Education (Licensure and Non-Licensure Options)

The Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education leads to the Indiana state license for Pre-K to third grade. This degree is designed to raise the academic quality through course work and field experiences to meet the need of teaching positions in the public-school system.  The program courses include theories of child development, special education, programming for children, as well as prepare students to develop, manage and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum to support the diverse learning needs of young children. The Non-licensure Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students to assume leadership positions as a Lead Teacher in a variety of diverse programs such as licensed childcare facilities, Head Start programs, non-public school settings, and agencies that support these settings. The EC program emphasizes the preparation of teachers by taking a concentration of courses that include child development, curriculum, classroom management and special education.  In our program you will gain knowledge, skills and experience to work with young children and families through our field experiences in NAEYC Accredited infant/toddler and pre-school facilities. Program of Studies: 120 hours (Must have last 30 hrs. at OCU and at least 1/3 of major courses)

Teacher Licensing requires 3.0 overall and in major. Non-licensure students must have 2.0 GPA average overall and must have 2.3 GPA in Major