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The goal of the BSEd in Early Childhood Education 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. This program prepares teachers for pre-school through fifth grade.

This degree program is available in the following format:

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR73 Hours

  • 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. Course
    Fee: $139
  • This course is a prerequisite for entry into an education degree program. Introduction to principles and philosophy of education in public and Christian schools.
    Prerequisites: Composite ACT 21 or higher, or pass Praxis Core; Successful completion of 15 semester hours of college work; FBI & BCI background checks; Corequisite: EDU2031
  • 60 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU2030
  • Background, theory, and practice in literature for young children and its use in early literacy experiences for young readers and writers.
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030 Course Fee: $139
  • This course includes a study of mathematic concepts and procedures for teaching in early childhood and their application in the classroom. Topics include knowledge of CCSS standards, problem solving, numeration systems, number theory, number systems, measurement, data collection, organization, and interpretation.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030, Sophomore standing Corequisite: EDU2011
  • 40 clock-hour field experience for EDU2110.
  • 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. Course
    Fee: $50
  • Theory and practice for teaching students of diverse cultures.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030
  • Curriculum and methods for teaching health and physical education in the elementary school. Field projects may be required.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
  • Methods for teaching students with exceptional attributes, including giftedness, behavioral difficulties, developmental delays, and English language learners.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
  • Music learning theory and current methodology. Field projects may be required.
  • Psychological perspectives of education as applied to classroom procedures. Essential preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030; Junior standing Course Fee: $109
  • Young children’s written language acquisition and implications for instruction.
    Prerequisite: EDU3330; Corequisite: EDU3221 Course Fee: $109
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU3220
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: EDU2210; Corequisite: EDU3331
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU3330
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: EDU3220
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU4260
  • Seminar corequisite for EDU499 Clinical Experience
    Corequisite: EDU4990 Course Fee: $300
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: Completion of other program requirements Course Fee for study outside the U.S.: $2000
  • General history of the state of Ohio. May include field trips. Typically offered only in May Course fee $75
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: PSY1020

*These courses (6 hours) may be applied to GenEd requirements as noted. *Please note: HIS3120 is typically offered only in May

Please choose one of the following:
  • 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: MAT0960 or ACT math score of 19 or higher
  • 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: MAT1310 or ACT math score of 22 or higher

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or