Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Major

Shape little minds to build big dreams. Start your journey as an early childhood teacher with our major.

What You'll Study

Early childhood educators play an important role in our society—they are instrumental in the development of the next generation of scholars.

As an Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Major, you'll prepare to work with children pre-kindergarten up to third grade. The program combines curriculum content and professional education courses in order to balance the instruction you'll receive from your professors and the practical experience you'll gain from student teaching in an actual classroom.

You'll also complete a preclinical experience before student teaching. This involves working in a local school with a university faculty observing your teaching. It's a major component of your curriculum because education is more of a hands-on discipline; the real learning happens when you're in the field.


License and Endorsement

  • Early Childhood License (P-3)

    All Early Childhood Education majors are required to pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to student teach.

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  • Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5)

    The Department of Teacher Education offers the Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) endorsement.  This endorsement is approved by the State of Ohio and offered online.  This endorsement may be added to an existing Early Childhood Education (P-3) license, for teaching grades 4-5 in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  A 50-hour field experience is required.  Passage of the OAE 018 (subtest I) and 019 (subtest II) examinations are required.

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