Female Student at Graduate

Early Childhood Education Program

Dr. Crystal Ratican, Program Coordinator

Overview

In cooperation with various discipline departments in the University, the Department of Teacher Education offers a four-year early childhood education program approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  The Early Childhood License (P-3), Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 124 semester hours of course work.  Please refer to the four-year plan for additional information.  This teaching license requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach.  

In 2016-2017 the program will be transitioning from an Early Childhood Education (ECE) license to a dual Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) license.  This new license will also include a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement.  This combined program can be completed in four years and will require 136 hours of coursework.  This teaching license also requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach.  Please contact a BCOE advisor for additional information.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the new ECE/ECIS dual license will be able to work in the following areas:  in schools as the classroom teacher of record, inclusion classroom teacher of record, or P-3 special education classroom of record.  Graduates will also be trained to work with children who are currently learning the English language.  Other employment opportunities include: working with regional Educational Service Providers, providing individual services to children within their homes, working with regionally based programs, medical providers, or private education companies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The following learning outcomes are based on The Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.  These standards were developed for use as a guide for teachers as they continually reflect upon and improve their effectiveness as educators throughout all of the stages of their careers. These standards serve as an important tool for teachers as they consider their growth and development in the profession. These standards in developing and content of our teacher education programs.  They are interrelated and connect in teachers’ practice.

  • Teachers understand student learning and development and respect the diversity of the students they teach.
  • Teachers know and understand the content area for which they have instructional responsibility.
  • Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning.
  • Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
  • Teachers create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
  • Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.
  • Teachers collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning. Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.

The Learning outcomes for this program, align with the six Standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):

  • Effectively promote child development and learning in the classroom
  • Build family and community relationships to support the development and learning of each child
  • Utilize effective formative and summative assessments to support young children and their families.
  • Use developmentally effective approaches in teaching and learning.
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum in prek-grade 3 classrooms.

Professional Dispositions:  

Teacher candidates are expected to display the following professional dispositions:

  • Creating fairness in the classroom
  • Providing an inclusive environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • Demonstrating the belief that all students can learn
  • Fostering collaborative relationships to support student learning and well- being
  • Exhibiting professional skills

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Students complete over 300 hours of pre-clinical experiences in addition to student teaching.  Field experiences are included in the following courses and offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, co-teaching, whole class teaching).

Field Experiences

  • FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education
  • FOUN 3708 Education and Society
  • SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society
  • TERG 2601 Reading Application in Content Areas, Early Years
  • TERG 3701 Phonics in Reading Instruction
  • TERG 3702 Developmental Reading Instruction and Literature Strategies PreK-9
  •  TERG 3703 Assessment and Instruction in Reading Internship, PreK-9

Preclinical Field Experiences:  

The preclinical experience is conducted in local schools and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to complete an in-depth field experience prior to student teaching.  This field experience requires a substantial time commitment, as teacher candidates spend the entire day in schools during designated weeks. The Early Childhood preclinical experience is scheduled during the fall and spring semesters.  Applications for the preclinical experience must be submitted (1) one year in advance to BCOE Room 2101, by September 1 for fall preclinical, and February 1 for spring preclinical.  Contact the Beeghly College of Education, academic advisors for minimum preclinical prerequisites. 

  • ECE 3713 Teaching of Mathematics: Early Years
  • ECE 3715 Teaching Science: Early Years
  • ECE 3760 Cross-Curricular Applications and Classroom Management/Guidance
  • ECE 3780 Social Studies for Young Children
  • ECE 3790 Assessing Learning in Early Childhood Education P3
  • ECE 4814 Language Arts Methods in the Early Years (Ages 3-8)

Student Teaching

Students complete a 16 week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 137during this experience.

  • ECE 4841 Supervised Student Teaching: Early Childhood
  • ECE 4842 Student Teaching Seminar in Early Childhood Education

Advisement

Advisement is provided by the academic advisors in the Beeghly College of Education.  Majors in this program must complete general education requirements, subject area curriculum requirements, reading course requirements, and professional education requirements.  Prior to student teaching, all early childhood majors must complete a preclinical experience. 

Required Assessments

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator license or adding a new licence area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Teacher candidates must pass these exams prior to student teaching.

001 Assessment of Professional Knowledge:  Early Childhood (PK-3)

012 Early Childhood Education

EndorsementS

The Department of Teacher Education offers the Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) endorsement.  This endorsement may be added to an existing Early Childhood Education (P-3) license, for teaching grades 4-5 in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  This endorsement is not a major and does not stand alone as an area of study.  This endorsement may increase a teacher candidate's ability to acquire a teaching position.  See an academic advisor for additional information.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model. Some majors prescribe specific GE courses. If a course has been added to the domains, it is required.
Arts and Humanities6
Required Arts and Humanities course:
Music Literature and Appreciation
Select one of the following courses to fulfill Arts and Humanities GER:
Masterpieces of World Art
Survey of Art History 1
Survey of Art History 2
Natural Sciences7
Select two of the following courses and one lab required for ECE content:
Descriptive Astronomy
Astronomy Laboratory
Biology and the Modern World
Biology and the Modern World Laboratory
Chemistry in Modern Living
Chemistry in Modern Living Laboratory
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
Weather
The Dynamic Earth
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics Laboratory
Social Science6
The following 2 classes are required for Social Sciences:
General Psychology
Child Development
Social and Personal Awareness6
Select one of the following courses to fulfill 3 s.h. of SPA:
Discovering World History
World Civilization from 1500
Turning Points in United States History 2
Select one of the following courses to fulfill 3 s.h. of SPA:
Introduction to Africana Studies 1
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Language
Identities and Differences
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE
Subject Area Curriculum
ART 3737Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education3
CHFM 2633Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education3
CHFM 3750Parent and Professional Relationships3
CHFM 3770Wellness During the Early Childhood Years3
ENGL 3703Literature for Young Children3
ECE 2629Teaching Young Children: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education 13
HEPE 2624Physical Education for Children in Early Childhood Settings3
MATH 2651Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 1 13
MUED 3722Music in Early Childhood3
CHFM 3733LPracticum Preprimary Settings (upper-divison status) 1,23
ECE 3760Cross-Curricular Applications and Classroom Management/Guidance (upper-divison status) 1,23
Professional Education Curriculum
FOUN 1501Introduction to Education3
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 13
FOUN 3708Education and Society (upper-divison status) 23
TERG 2601Reading Application in Content Areas, Early Years 13
TERG 3701Phonics in Reading Instruction3
TERG 3702Developmental Reading Instruction and Literature Strategies PreK-9 13
TERG 3703Assessment and Instruction in Reading Internship, PreK-9 (upper-divison status) 23
Preclinical Curriculum
ECE 3713Teaching of Mathematics: Early Years (upper-divison status) 23
ECE 3715Teaching Science: Early Years (upper-divison status) 23
ECE 3780Social Studies for Young Children (upper-divison status) 23
ECE 3790Assessing Learning in Early Childhood Education P3 (upper-division status) 23
ECE 4814Language Arts Methods in the Early Years (Ages 3-8) (upper-divison status) 23
Student Teaching Curriculum
ECE 4841Supervised Student Teaching: Early Childhood (upper-divison status) 210
ECE 4842Student Teaching Seminar in Early Childhood Education (upper-divison status) 22
Total Semester Hours124
1

 Prerequisite for preclinical curriculum

2

 Upper division course

BCOE Notes:

  • Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the BCOE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license. Formal Admission to Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before students are allowed to enroll in junior and senior level courses in the college.  Undetermined Education students must declare a major before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
    • Minimum completion of 50 s.h.
    • Minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR
    • ACT scores of Reading 21, English 18, Mathematics 22, OR
    • SAT scores of Reading 450, Writing 430, Mathematics 520, OR
    • Praxis CORE scores, Reading 156, Writing 162, Mathematics 150
  • Grade of "B" or better in:
    • ENGL 1550
    • ENGL 1551
    • If failure to receive a grade of "B" or better in ENGL 1550 and ENGL 1551 - ENGL 2601 grade must be a "B" or better. If you recieve a "C" or below, you will need to retake the course.
  • Grade of "B" or better in the following courses. If you do not have a "B" or better, you will need to retake one or more of these courses until the "B" is achieved.
    • FOUN 1501
    • CMST 1545
    • SPED 2630
    • ECE 2629
  • Professional education, preclinical, and student teaching courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teachers' licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. 

Upper Division Notes:

Upper Division Application (The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.)

  • After candidates have completed a minimum of 50 s.h., they should submit an Upper Division application along with the completion of the Good Moral Character Statement, a copy of BCI and FBI clearances, and Dispositional Assessment to the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
    • September 1 - to register for upper division courses for Spring 
    • February 1 - to register for upper division courses for summer and fall
  • Each completed application must be reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee. If all requirements are met, the student will be allowed to register for upper division courses the following semester. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • The application must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application with the Graduation Evaluation Request summary is to be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than
    • September 1 - for Fall preclinical
    • February 1 - for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility because specific course and grade point average prerequisites must be met.

Student Teaching Notes:

  • Prerequisites: BCOE upper division and senior status, overall 2.75 GPA, minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a "C", and passage of OAE test(s) and ACTFL tests for foreign language.
  • Instructions for completing the Student Teaching application and forms are available on BCOE website. The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website and submitted to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1 - to student teach the following spring semester
    • February 1 - to student teach the following fall semester

Graduation Process

  • Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Students choosing to graduate without licensure must apply for approval to graduate without licensure at the BCOE Office of Student Services, 2101 Beeghly Hall, 330-941-3268.
  • Once approved, students must complete all program requirements except for student teaching curriculum.  In place of student teaching curriculum, students will take TCED 4830 Undergraduate Capstone Course for Education Majors

General Education Requirements:

  • All students must satisfy General Education requirements; some majors, prescribe specific GE courses. 
  • Courses taken for the major may be applied toward satisfying General Education requirements but credit hours toward graduation cannot be double counted.
  • Approved General Education courses can be found at http://web.ysu.edu/ger.

Advisement:

  • Freshmen, athletes,and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • It is recommended that all majors meet with a faculty advisor every semester.

Financial Aid:

Other:

  • Residency rule requires the last 30 semester hours of your degree and at least 16 semester hours in your major and 21 semester hours in upper-division courses to be completed at YSU.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2651 Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 1 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MATH 2652 Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2 3
PSYC 3755 Child Development 3
MUHL 2621 Music Literature and Appreciation 3
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Hours18
Year 2
Fall
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 3703 Literature for Young Children 3
ECE 2629 Teaching Young Children: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
TERG 2601 Reading Application in Content Areas, Early Years 3
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
 Semester Hours18
Spring
CHFM 2633 Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education 3
TERG 3701 Phonics in Reading Instruction 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
CHFM 3750 Parent and Professional Relationships 3
HEPE 2624 Physical Education for Children in Early Childhood Settings 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CHFM 3770 Wellness During the Early Childhood Years 3
ART 3737 Pre-K-4, Visual Arts Education 3
MUED 3722 Music in Early Childhood 3
TERG 3702 Developmental Reading Instruction and Literature Strategies PreK-9 3
ART 1540
Masterpieces of World Art
or Survey of Art History 1
or Survey of Art History 2
3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
FOUN 3708 Education and Society 2 3
TERG 3703 Assessment and Instruction in Reading Internship, PreK-9 2 3
ECE 3760 Cross-Curricular Applications and Classroom Management/Guidance 3
CHFM 3733L Practicum Preprimary Settings 2 3
Natural Science/Lab GER 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ECE 3713 Teaching of Mathematics: Early Years 2 3
ECE 3715 Teaching Science: Early Years 2 3
ECE 3780 Social Studies for Young Children 2 3
ECE 3790 Assessing Learning in Early Childhood Education P3 2 3
ECE 4814 Language Arts Methods in the Early Years (Ages 3-8) 2 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ECE 4841 Supervised Student Teaching: Early Childhood 10
ECE 4842 Student Teaching Seminar in Early Childhood Education 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours124

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