Early Childhood Education

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The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to teach children three years of age through third grade.

In addition to the university’s CORE curriculum, the program includes courses to ensure that candidates develop theoretical and practical knowledge in humanities, mathematics and technology, Social sciences, biological and physical sciences, the arts and personal health and fitness.

During the junior and senior years, candidates complete a structured sequence of coursework in educational methodology and pedagogy, paired with supervised experiences in a public setting. This two-year sequence of course work culminates with the student teaching experience.

Completion of the Early Childhood Education program and obtaining successful scores on the state pedagogy and content knowledge examinations qualify a candidate for Early Childhood (P-3) teacher licensure in Ohio.  Licensure is required to qualify for employment in public school settings. Other employment settings can include private and charter schools and Head Start Programs.

Admission Requirements

  • 30 semester credit hours earned
  • 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Passing scores on Praxis I, ACT, or SAT exams
  • Program application
  • Writing sample
  • Recommendation forms
  • Admission interview

Submitting application materials does not guarantee admission to the program.  Admission decisions are made by Early Childhood Education faculty after the admission interview is completed.

Students will complete six semesters of field experiences in local school buildings during their ECE program.  Wright State University - Lake Campus places students in nearly every school district in our service area.

Degree Requirements & Courses