Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

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

Major Code BS6228

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

Dr. Jeesun Jung, Program Coordinator/contact person

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. *Admission to Early Childhood and Elementary Education is selective and based on spaces available. The minimum requirements are listed below, but do not guarantee admission.
  3. Minimum Requirements for Selective Admissions are as follows:
    1. Admission to Teacher Candidacy:
      1. Complete at least 30 credit hours
      2. Earn a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) in Ohio University coursework
      3. Complete EDTE 1000  and EDEC 1600  with a “C” or better grade in each
      4. Complete ENG 1510  with a “C” or better grade
      5. Complete HIST 2000 HIST 2010 , or POLS 1010  with a “C” or better grade
      6. Complete one math requirement, taking MATH 1101  or MATH 1102  with a “C” or better grade
      7. 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
      8. Submission of test scores on one of the following assessments. 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. Tuberculosis Test (only if required at your Regional Campus location)
    3. 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  & MATH 1102  

ENG 1510  

HIST 2000 , HIST 2010 , OR POLS 1010  

GEOL 1010  

PSC 1010  

BIOL 1010  

EDTE 1000  

EDEC 1600  

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

ECEE 2002   

  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.


University-wide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for conferral of a bachelor’s degree. However, the early childhood and elementary education major requires a minimum of 126 semester hours. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

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: