Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (BA)

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.

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Degree Courses

  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Children
  • The Early Childhood Profession
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health, Safety, & Nutrition
  • Children’s Literature
  • Creative Arts
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Infants & Toddlers
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Teaching of Reading
  • Language Arts Methods
  • Child Development
  • Emerging Literacy
  • Collaboration & Consultation in Special Education
  • Early Childhood Program Management
  • Early Childhood Math Concepts
  • Families in Transition

Requirements

  • 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

Other Early Childhood Education Programs

Early Childhood Education (AA)

The associate degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to meet family needs and an increased focus on appropriate early education for all young children. The field of early childhood continues to drive the demand for qualified professionals in early childhood education. Early childhood educators are responsible for planning daily routines and curricula, utilizing community resources to enrich programs, and supporting the needs of children and their families. The early childhood graduate may be employed as a Head Start assistant teacher, or teacher in pre- school/childcare facility, nanny, infant/toddler caregiver, or family childcare provider or may also work as paraprofessionals in public schools.

The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program requires thirty (30) semester hours of Foundational Core courses as part of the program of study, the completion of the Early Childhood Education Core, and completion of a total of sixty (60) semester hours.

Concentration Requirements

  • Must have 2.0 GPA average overall and must have 2.3 GPA in Major.

Degree Courses

  • Foundations of Education
  • The Early Childhood Profession
  • Health, Safety, & Nutrition
  • Children’s Literature
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Infants & Toddlers
  • Emerging Literacy
  • Early Childhood Program Management
  • Early Childhood Math Concepts

The care, kindness, and support from OCU not only taught me how to be a preschool teacher but showed me the caring and lasting relationship you can build with students of any age.

Rikki Sunderman

Teacher, Class of 2017, Early Childhood

Ms. Kristie France
Ms. Kristie France

Lecturer in Early Education

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