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Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education

Students and faculty in the early childhood education bachelor’s program are committed to working for social justice and for excellence and opportunity for all children. Throughout the program, you will engage in coursework that includes multiple and sustained experiences across settings that span the range of the pre-k to fifth grade license as well as the diverse community of the metropolitan Columbus area.  

Coursework and fieldwork are grounded in national and state curricular standards as well as the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Professional Preparation Standards. Our students are subject to training in rigorous methods courses that prepare them to think critically and reflectively about their own teaching practice and to teach across all content areas in inventive ways that meet the needs of all learners.

The authentic content and dialogue that took place in my courses in the BSEd program prepared me well to be a teacher. Even more, the professors do not see their students as just a number- you are known, believed in, and heard in this program.
Ashley Kelley, BSEd, 2016


The BSEd program is for those students who wish to work with children enrolled in school programs pre-k to fifth grade.  Upon successful completion of the coursework and field/student teaching placements, you will be recommended for a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education. 

Grounded in a social constructivist approach to teaching and learning, students accepted into the BSEd program will pursue a course of study that prepares them both conceptually and practically to teach using inquiry based strategies within a cooperative learning context.

Prior to admission to this highly competitive program, successful applicants will have a grade point average of 2.75 or better and demonstrated experience working with children in groups and diverse communities. They will take classes that include a series of general education requirements and prerequisite coursework designed to lay the foundation for theoretical and methods courses that follow upon admission to the BSEd program.

Once admitted, students will take classes in early childhood pedagogy and content methods coupled with a series of field experiences including a one-semester preschool placement and culminating in a year-long elementary (K-5) field/student teaching placement.

Career Paths

  • Licensed pre-k to fifth grade teacher
  • Design early childhood curriculum for children's museums and agencies that provide early childhood services


Deadline to Apply: 
January 15
Program Start: 
Autumn semester

Sample Coursework: Equity and diversity in education, early child pedagogy, reading, math, science, language arts
Other requirements: Several field placements: one semester of preschool placement – 8 hours/week; a year-long elementary school placement in a kindergarten, first, second, or third grade classroom (fall semester field – 16 hours/week; spring semester student teaching – 40 hours/week).  There are also two field experiences required as pre-requisites in schools and in community settings.

The BSEd in Early Childhood Education is a competitive program. Acceptance into the full major is not guaranteed by completing the minimum requirements.

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