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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.

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Course requirements for this endorsement are listed on the BSEd in Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist program page.

This degree program is available in the following format:

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*These courses (6 hours) may be applied to GenEd requirements as noted.

  • 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.
    Prerequisite: ACT score of 18 or higher Course Fee: $240.00 (PRAXIS CORE exam)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mathematics concepts and procedures for teaching in early childhood, including the NCTM and Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics, problem solving, numeration systems, number theory, number systems, measurement, data collection, organization, and interpretation.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030, Sophomore standing
  • 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
  • Curriculum content for early childhood mathematics based on the NCTM standards and the Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics, 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-5 learners.
    Prerequisites: EDU2010, EDU2030; Corequisite: EDU2211
  • 40-hour field experience corequisite for EDU2210
  • Theory and practice for teaching students of diverse cultures.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030 Corequisite: EDU2241
  • EDU2241 Diversity in Education Field Experience0
  • 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: $105
  • Young children’s written language acquisition and implications for instruction.
    Prerequisite: EDU3330; Corequisite: EDU3221 Course Fee: $105
  • 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
  • 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 US: $2000
  • General history of the state of Ohio. May include field trips. Course
    Fee: $75
  • PHL2020 Ethics (Humanities Elective)*3
  • 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
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


Students in any bachelor-level education program may elect to add the 21-hour Intervention Specialist license. After completing all coursework, these students will be eligible to take the Ohio Assessment for Educators exams to be licensed in PreK-5 Early Childhood Education and as an Intervention Specialist.