The Early Childhood Education degree program prepares persons to serve young children and their families in a variety of settings. Graduates can work as early childhood teachers, childcare providers, and administrators; as well as being able to transfer a portion of their coursework to baccalaureate institutions.
The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The standards put forth for this accreditation for early childhood professional preparation provide a common core of professional knowledge and abilities needed by all early childhood educators. The focus is on the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and creative development of children ages birth through eight years and the planning of activities and programs that are developmentally appropriate. Since knowledge, theory, and practice are important, students are required to observe and participate in the field in almost every class.
Students must sign a non-convictions statement and obtain Ohio BCII and FBI fingerprinting during the ECE 115S Introduction to Child Development course in order to participate in field observation/participation. The arrangements for fingerprinting must be made through the Dean for Health and Public Service office. Students must have a physical and hold current certifications in ODJFS approved courses in Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention, First Aid, and Communicable Disease before they are eligible to take the ECE 220R Practicum Seminar and ECE 220L Practicum Experience courses.
As a career degree, the curriculum is based on knowledge and skill development for immediate employments. Over one-half of the courses in the program are approved for university transfer; however, students interested in transferring should see their advisor for information and transfer options.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the PRAXIS II Early Childhood Exam in order to apply for Pre-kindergarten Associate Teacher Licensure from the Ohio Department of Education.
Possible job titles in Early Childhood Education include:
- preschool teacher
- childcare provider
- director/owner childcare center
- home-based provider
- kindergarten or primary classroom assistant
The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and approved by the Ohio Department of Education to prepare teachers for the Ohio Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teacher License.