Department Info

Make inquiries about this department and its offerings to:

Dr. Robert Cyders
Co-Chair , Department of Teacher Education
161, Dwight Schar College of Education

Terri Bisel
Administrative Assistant
160, Dwight Schar College of Education

Emphasis on Excellence

Photo of Linsey TenyakLindsey Tenyak

Working with children is by far my favorite thing

Lindsey is the absolute definition of a scholar athlete. She was a large contributing factor to the 2013 national champion women’s basketball team and outstanding... Read more

The Teacher Network

Join the Dwight Schar College of Education Living-Learning Community

What is a Living-Learning Community?

A living-learning community is a cohort of undergraduates who live in the same residence hall and take a portion of their classes together.

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Department of Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - Grade 3)

If you want to combine your mind and heart in a career that helps develop tomorrow's leaders, then you’ll enjoy our early childhood education (ECE) program.

ECE is the largest undergraduate education major and our College of Education is regarded as one of the best teacher preparation programs in the state of Ohio.

Coursework includes four courses in reading/language arts methods, plus math, science, social studies methods and two courses specifically for teaching young children with special needs. Method course assignments are tied to field experiences so you can teach what you have been taught. You can take additional coursework in reading intervention to prepare you to teach struggling readers.

4 Year Program Plan

What you’ll love about this program:

  • Professors with elementary classroom experience who teach and supervise you.
  • Over 600 hours of teaching experience in regular and inclusive classrooms at partner schools.
  • Opportunities to expand your marketability by adding a grades 4-5 endorsement, Spanish minor or dual licensure with early childhood intervention.
  • Learning the best practices in teaching, assessment and classroom management that will make you highly qualified and accountable for your students’ learning.
  • Unique experiences that make you stand out: meeting professional children’s authors and illustrators, student teaching in the Southern United States or in 17 different countries, working with faculty on research projects and professional presentations.
  • Learning the latest technologies, such as SMART Boards, and how to use them in primary classrooms.

Graduates of our program are teaching throughout the United States. Three of our recent early childhood graduates are teaching in Osceola County, Florida. One of our early childhood graduates, Elysia McLaughlin, is teaching at the prestigious Celebration School in Orlando, Florida and was named “New Teacher of the Year” in 2011.

More Information

  1. See what our graduates are doing in their classrooms
  2. Every semester our students choose their favorite children's picture book during our "Mock Caldecott" activity. Check out this Pinterest page to see our results;
  3. Hear what a graduate has to say about our program.
  4. Watch this powerpoint to see what our classes are like.
  5. Click here to see what the state of Ohio has to say about our programs.

Program Specific Forms

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