Apr 14, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood and Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major Code BS6228

Patton College of Education   
Teacher Education   
McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Sara Hartman, Program Coordinator

Program Overview

The Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) program prepares teacher candidates to work with children ages 3 to grade 5. The program aligns to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s K-6 standards and is also guided by recommendations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Upon successful completion of the EdTPA and Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams, the program grants initial licensure for preschool-grade 5. The program provides intensive and sustained clinical experiences that are paired with integrative coursework with emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices, inclusive environments, and critical pedagogy.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Freshman or those wishing to enroll in the program should designate ECEE pre-major code, ND8929. Students can apply to the major after completing specific program prerequisites. After the selective admissions process, successful students will be accepted into the ECEE program major.

Change of Program Policy

lf you are enrolled in a different major or college at Ohio University and wish to transfer into this major, you must either declare the ECEE pre-major code (if you don’t meet the admission criteria) or apply for selective admissions (if you do meet them). To be admitted to the major, you must apply and be accepted after the successful completion of the admission criteria.

External Transfer Admission

The ECEE program will follow the protocol as outlined in the OHIO catalog for transferring credit from other colleges and universities and in accordance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education Articulation and Transfer Policy.

Admission to the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program

  1. Freshman or those wishing to enroll in the program should designate pre-major code ND8929.
  2. What are the criteria for admission into the program?  Be specific.
    1. Requirements for Selective Admissions are as follows:
      1. Admission to Teacher Candidacy:
        1. Earn at least 30 hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better 
        2. Complete EDTE 1000 and EDEC 1600 with a “C” or better grade in each
        3. Complete ENG 1510 with a “C” or better grade
        4. Complete HIST 2010, HIST 2000, or POLS 1010 with a “C” or better grade
        5. Complete one math requirement, taking MATH 1101 or Math 1102 with a “C” or better grade
        6. Complete two of three science courses, a minimum of one with a lab with a “C” or better grade from the approved courses listed on your DARS
        7. Submission of test scores on one of the following assessments. Admission will be determined holistically in tandem with other requirements and supplementary materials. Students only need to take and submit scores for one of the following tests, not all three.

               a.     Praxis Core (Academic Skills for Educators)
               b.     ACT
               c.     SAT
      2. Personal Essay Statement

      3. Tuberculosis Test

      4. BCI and FBI background checks


AA1106 Child Development & Early Childhood and Elementary Education Pre-Major

If your major is AA1106 Child Development, your academic advisor may sign a permission slip to enroll you in a course that is required for AA1106 and has the prerequisite of Admission to Teacher Candidacy. 

If your major code is ND8929 Pre-Early Childhood & Elementary Education, your academic advisor may NOT sign a permission slip for courses that have the prerequisite of Admission to Teacher Candidacy. You must first have been admitted to Teacher Candidacy.

Admission to the Pre-Primary Internship

Candidates must complete the following requirements for admission to the Pre-Primary Internship:

  1. Completion of ECEE 2001 with a “C” or better
  2. Completion of a minimum of three of the following courses with a “C” or better:
          ECEE 2400
          ECEE 2301
          ECEE 3801
          ECEE 2500

Admission to Advanced Standing

Candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, as well as a 2.75 GPA in each teaching field for which licensure is sought to continue to take education courses numbered 3000 or above. Methods courses can be taken no more than twice. Failure to obtain a satisfactory grade can result in dismissal from the program. Generally, candidates apply for Advanced Standing in Teacher Candidacy at the end of the second semester of the sophomore year.

These requirements are subject to change.

  1. 60 hours
  2. 2.75 cumulative GPA
  3. 2.75 GPA in teaching field
  4. Completion of the following courses with a “C” or better:

Math 1101 & 1102

ENG 1510

HIST 2000, HIST 2010, OR POLS 1010

GEOL 1010

PSC 1010

BIOL 1010

EDTE 1000

ECEE 1600

ECEE 2400, 2001, 2301, 3801, 2500, 2701, 3610

EDPL 2910 

  1. BCI and FBI background checks
  2. Advanced Standing Application

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The program provides teacher licensure for children age 3 to grade 5. Graduates are licensed to teach in public and private preschool and elementary settings. The program is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and licensure can be transferred to other states that have reciprocity with the Ohio Department of Education.


Major Hours Requirement

The early childhood and elementary education major requires a minimum of 125 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Department-Level Requirements for Teacher Education

View the Department-Level Requirements for Teacher Education .

Early Childhood & Elementary Education Requirements

Complete all of the following with a C or better.

ECEE American History or Government

Complete one of the following courses:

ECEE Ohio History

Complete one of the following courses: