Early childhood education
Early childhood education (Pre-K to grade 3)
Students earn a license to teach in preschool through grade 3 by completing an early
childhood education major. This license prepares you to teach both typically developing
children as well as children with mild-moderate disabilities and provides particular
focus on teaching reading to young children.
When Judy (Mull ‘63) Pierman sees a need, the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Service
alumni award seeks a solution. The need could be quality preschool education, or understanding
English. What began as a volunteer position teaching literacy in the workplace, became
a career with the Hispanic Human Resources Council.
“Our mission is to prepare children to go to school speaking English while maintaining
their home language.” >>> Judy's story
Students may add endorsements for pre-kindergarten special needs or early childhood
generalist. Completing the early childhood generalist endorsement with the early childhood
major prepares students to teach Pre-K to grade 5. The intervention specialist
(K-12) major may be completed with the early childhood major in four years.
Explore the courses required for a
The traditional route to becoming a teacher in Ohio involves completing a bachelor's
degree then obtaining a teaching license from the Ohio Department of Education.
>>> occupational outlook
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