Early Childhood Education

Learn to reach students pre-K through third grade.

Early childhood education majors focus on the youngest of students (pre-K through grade 3) because what happens early in a child’s school career sets the stage for enthusiasm and success in later learning.

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

Some of the great aspects of early childhood education include:

  • Courses aimed for the biggest impact in children’s lives
  • Field experiences starting freshman year with key professionals
  • Mentor teachers and supervisors who are selected for their expertise and experience in teaching young children.

Hands-on Learning

Ashland University Graduates on Early Childhood Education:

"The professors in the department gave me confidence in my growth and guided my steps along the way. Now, as a second grade teacher my decisions are backed by not only knowledge of best practices, but also by real experiences."

"I learned valuable behavior management strategies, instructional strategies, interventions to use with students, methods of and application of differentiated instruction, not to mention it gave me plenty of concrete examples because I was frequently put in the classroom to watch other master teachers and implement what I learned."

Jacqui Woodward
K-1 Literacy Teacher
Osborn Elementary School


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Maria Sargent, Professor
Dr. Maria Sargent teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues. Dr. Sargent is a nationally recognized expert in early...Read more