Teacher Education: Early Childhood (K-3)

The university offers state-approved programs in teacher education in three areas; an early childhood program planned for grades K-3, a middle childhood program planned for grades 4-9 with social studies and language arts concentrations, and a K-12 music education program. The K-12 music education program is described under the music department section of the catalog. Upon completion of the program and the satisfaction of all program requirements students will be recommended to the Ohio Department of Education for initial licensure.

Formal admission to the program begins with the second year. Criteria for admission to program are listed below. Upon formal admission to the Teacher Education Program, students must declare their major area of concentration.

The goal of Ohio Christian University's Teacher Education Program is to graduate competent, caring, and qualified teachers for public and private schools. The program integrates a Christian worldview and constructivist philosophy of education.


Upon graduation students will:

  • Demonstrate a strong Christian world view.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
  • Demonstrate a broad base knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricula area.
  • Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners' construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
  • Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic, and language backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning.
Degree Title: Bachelor of Arts
Available Formats: Traditional Undergraduate
Program Core Credit Hours: 126 semester credit hours
Additional Academic Requirements: 

General Education Core = 51 hours
Religion Core = 16 hours

Early Childhood 4/5 Generalist Endorsement

This is a four-course sequence that will meet the requirements of the 4th/5th grade endorsement in the State of Ohio. This endorsement is added to an Early Childhood License (Pre-K to Grade 3). This is also open to all graduate students.

  • TE214 [3 hours] Math Methods for Middle Childhood with Field Experience
  • TE326 [3 hours] Reading/Language Arts Methods for Middle Childhood with Field Experience
  • TE335 [3 hours] Teaching Reading with Literature for Middle Childhood
  • TE458 [3 hours] Integrating Social Studies and Science in 4th/5th Grades (including Ohio History)

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