BSEd in Early Childhood Education (Pre K-5)

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The goal of the Early Childhood Education Degree is to provide a strong academic, using constructivist learning to become quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact PK-5 student learning. Elementary Education prepares teachers for pre-school through fifth grade.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Science Elective 4
Choose one of the following:
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    Rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.
    Prerequisite: SI096 or ACT Math score of 19 or higher
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    Pre-calculus algebra, including equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.
    Prerequisite: SI131 or ACT Math score of 22 or higher

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective 3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective2
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    Literature Elective 3
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    History Elective3
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAJOR68 HOURS

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    Child development as a dynamic, challenging, complex and multifaceted area of inquiry that supports and guides professional practices toward children. Developmental theory and research from pre-birth to the end of childhood, emotional, language and cognitive development, family and environmental influences, and relationships and gender roles. Application of course content to professional roles.
    Offered: Spring, even year Prerequisite: PS102
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    General history of the state of Ohio. May include field trips.
    Offered: Summer, even year Prerequisites: None Course Fee: $75
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    Deductive thinking in the areas of reading, writing, and math, with preparation for the PRAXIS CORE test. Students with an ACT score of 21 or higher are exempt from this course.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: ACT score of 18 or higher Course Fee: $240.00 (PRAXIS CORE exam)
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    Technologies available for classroom use and their adaptations to the promotion of learning, including the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Principles and philosophy of education in public and Christian schools. This course is a prerequisite for entry into the Teacher Education program.
    Offered: Every semester Corequisite: TE203-FE Prerequisites: Composite ACT 21 or higher, or pass Praxis Core; Successful completion of 15 semester hours of college work; FBI & BCI background checks
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    60 clock-hour field experience corequisite for TE203.
    Offered: Every Semester Corequisite: TE203
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    Background, theory, and practice in literature for young children and its use in early literacy experiences for young readers and writers.
    Offered: Spring
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    The English phonological cueing system and its use in a balanced literacy program. Emphasis on helping young students develop word analysis strategies for reading, spelling and syllabication.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: TE203 Course Fee: $139
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    Mathematics concepts and procedures for teaching in early childhood, including the NCTM and Common Core State standards, problem solving, numeration systems, number theory, number systems, measurement, data collection, organization, and interpretation.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TE203, Sophomore standing
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    Contemporary philosophies of art education and basic art concepts as they relate to early childhood learners, with experiences in use of materials, processes, and curricula appropriate for early childhood. Field projects may be required.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: None Course Fee: $50
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    Curriculum content for early childhood mathematics based on the NCTM standards and the Common Core State Standards, with instructional methodology. Emphasis on the scope and sequence of teaching numbers, number sense, and operations; measurement; and geometry in the context of developmentally appropriate instruction for K-3 learners.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TE211, TE203 Corequisite: TE221-FE
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    40-hour field experience corequisite for TE221.
    Offered: Spring Corequisite: TE221
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    Theory and practice for teaching students of diverse cultures.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TE203; TE333 Corequisite: TE224EC-FE
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    15 clock-hour field experience corequisite for TE224EC.
    Offered: Fall Corequisite: TE224-EC
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    Curriculum and methods for teaching health and physical education in the elementary school. Field projects may be required.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: TE203
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    Methods for teaching students with exceptional attributes, including giftedness, behavioral difficulties, developmental delays, and English language learners.
    Offered: Fall TE250 Prerequisite: TE203
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    Music learning theory and current methodology. Field projects may be required.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester ECE311 Prerequisites: ECE202
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    Psychological perspectives of education as applied to classroom procedures. Essential preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TE203; Junior standing Course Fee: $105
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    Young children’s written language acquisition and implications for instruction.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: TE333; Corequisite: TE322-FE Course Fee: $105
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    40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for TE322.
    Offered: Spring Corequisite: TE322
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    Integrating the language processes, especially reading and writing, into in all early and middle childhood subject areas, and developing an understanding of instructional strategies that facilitate a learner’s interaction with text.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: TE203 Course Fee: $105
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    Young children’s written language and written language acquisition, assessment of learners’ knowledge, diagnosis, prescription and delivery of developmentally appropriate instruction to the individual child.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: TE221; Corequisite: TE333-FE
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    40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for TE333.
    Offered: Fall Corequisite: TE333
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    An integrated early childhood study of the methods of teaching social studies and science with an emphasis on curriculum, assessment, and development of instructional materials.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: TE322
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    40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for TE426.
    Offered: Fall Corequisite: TE426
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    Seminar corequisite for TE499 Clinical Experience.
    Offered: On demand Corequisite: TE499
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    This culminating field experience provides teacher candidates a semester (13 weeks minimum) of classroom experience with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Teacher candidates must apply to student teach and successfully complete a reflective essay to participate in this gateway to the profession. Students may take no other courses during this experience except the traditional exit course, Theology Capstone.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Completion of program requirements Fee for study outside the US: $2000

ELECTIVES 3 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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