Major Code BS6854
Patton College of Education
Department of Teacher Education
Athens, OH 45701
Early childhood education prepares students to teach young children birth through eight years. In addition to being licensed to teach in public and private preschools, Head Start programs, nursery schools and child care centers, students are also licensed to teach in private and public school kindergartens and primary grades.
Ohio University students, who are interested in pursuing the B.S.Ed. in the early childhood education (ECE) major, enter their program-of-study with a premajor code of ND8837. Students can apply to the major after completing specific requirements listed under ECE Program Requirements. After selective admissions process, successful students will be accepted into the ECE program major (BS 6854). 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 the Office of Student Affairs for details on the early childhood restrictive admission criteria and process.
During the 2019-20 academic year pre-majors will be subject to the state mandated change to a P-5 license for majors beginning during the 2020-2021 academic year. A course list for the newly aligned program will be made available as soon as possible. Please contact an academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs in The Patton College of Education for any questions you may have about this program.
Change of Program Policy
If you are enrolled in a different major or college at Ohio University, and wish to transfer into this major, you must either declare the premajor code, ND8837 (if you don't 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.
External Transfer Admission
If you should transfer from another institution into this major, you must either declare the premajor code, ND8834 (if you don't meet the admission criteria) or the major code, BS6854 (if you do meet them). You must have at least a 2.75 GPA to declare the premajor code. You must have at least a 3.0 to declare the major. To be admitted to the major, you must apply and be accepted after successful completion of the admission criteria. You will be required to submit a official copy of your transcripts from all other institutions from which you have transferred credits.
Admission to Teacher Candidacy for Early Childhood Majors
Applicants, who are interested in pursuing the B.S.Ed. in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) major, enter their program-of-study with a premajor code of ND8834. Students can apply to the major after completing specific requirements listed under ECE Program Requirements. 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 the Office of Student Affairs for details on the early childhood selective admission criteria and process.
Candidates accepted into the ECE major have met the criteria for admission to Teacher Candidacy.
The following requirements must be met to be eligible for Teacher Candidacy to the Early Childhood Major (B.S.Ed.) major (BS6854):
- Completion of 30 semester credit hours with cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; higher is preferred.
Completion of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) is required; higher is preferred:
Satisfactory test score
(only passing scores on one assessment required)
PRAXIS CORE (Academic Skills for Educators) Test.
- Reading: 156
- Mat 150
- Writing: 162
- ACT: 21 (comp)
(taken before March 2016)
(taken after March 2016)
- Submission of the results of a background check through BCI & FBI. Ohio Revised Code: 3319.291D
- Submission of results of the tuberculosis skin test (administered by Campus Care or other appropriate office).
- New Transfer Students: Transfer CUM GPA may be considered towards Teacher Candidacy.
AA1106 Child Development & ND8837 Pre-Early Childhood Education
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 you major code is ND8837 Pre-Early Childhood 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.
If your major code is AA1106 Child Development
ND8837 Pre-Early Childhood Education, i.e. you have been simultaneously admitted to both programs, and you seek to enroll in coursework that has the prerequisite of Admission to Teacher Candidacy, you must meet the enrollment criteria of BOTH programs.
Admission to Advanced Standing
Candidates must be admitted to Advanced Standing before taking any education courses numbered 3000 or above. 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. Athens campus students must attend a group meeting arranged by Patton College Office of Student Affairs, and regional campus students should check with Student Services or the dean's office on the regional campus for information.
These requirements are subject to change.
- Completion of 60 semester hours of credit with an overall GPA of 2.75.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 in each teaching field for which a licensure is sought.
Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C in each course and a GPA of 2.75 or higher:
- EDTE 2200
- EDTE 2020
- EDTE 2010
- EDTE 2000
- EDEC 3801
- EDEC 3701
- EDEC 3610
- EDEC 2500
- EDEC 2400
- EDEC 2301
- EDEC 2100
- EDTE 1000
- EDEC 1600
Completion of two science courses with labs. Select 2 courses with a lab from two different bullets below:
Completion of six credit hours of MATH 1101 and higher (with the exception of MATH 1200, MATH 1300, MATH 1321, MATH 1322).
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Prepares candidates to teach children birth through eight years. In addition to being licensed to teach in public and private preschool programs, Head Start programs, nursery schools and child care centers, candidates are also licensed to teach in private and public kindergartens and primary grades. The program is NCATE accredited and Ohio licensure can be transferred to other states that have reciprocity with the Ohio Department of Education.