Early and Middle Childhood Education
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Immersion in the field is a hallmark of our program. You won’t spend just one semester student teaching – you’ll spend countless hours working with youngsters in a variety of settings. In fact, during your first year on campus, we’ll place you in local classrooms to work with students.
Here, you’ll quickly feel like part of a family. From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty mentor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow education majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, field experiences and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success as a future teacher.
As an education student, you can choose to major in either early childhood age 3-grade 3 or middle childhood grades 4-9. With additional coursework, early childhood majors can add grades 4-5 to their Ohio teaching licenses, while middle childhood majors can add grades 4-6 non-concentration areas to their Ohio teaching license. With both majors, you’ll take liberal arts courses in English, mathematics, history, art, music and science, as well as courses in child development, exceptional learners, technology, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching and more.
Our small setting equals big opportunity. From attending a national education conference to studying abroad, from assisting a professor with a research project to running a student organization, you’ll discover countless opportunities to expand your horizons.
It takes a special person to teach. We’re committed to helping you build the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary for a fulfilling and lifelong career in education!
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine traveling to Chicago or Washington, D.C. – most expenses paid – with your education professors and fellow students to attend a professional conference. Or study abroad in countries like New Zealand that is known for it’s literacy education, and Reggio Emilia in Italy, the home of exploratory early childhood programs. Or developing a curriculum for children in South Africa, then going there to teach it. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.
GAIN MARKETABILTY AND EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS
All education majors have the opportunity to apply for The Urban Experience, a week in Nashville. While there future educators teach in an urban setting with exemplary teachers, experience diversity, further refine their teaching skills, and gain understanding about how urban issues impact learning. After the school day ends, develop friendships with children and their parents in a family homeless shelter. Reflection is a key component in this experience as you grow into the profession of teaching.
RYAN MALANY BA WITH A MAJOR IN EDUCATION ‘05
I love watching children progress and turn into mature, challenged and respectful young adults. I love my role of being a coach and resource for teachers. ONU did an exceptional job preparing me for the full spectrum of educational opportunities and challenges that I would face. The experienced faculty coached, enabled and challenged me to become the best educator I could be.
A principal at Woodward Elementary in Delaware, Ohio, Ryan Malany says it’s a privilege to watch children grow and learn each year. As an ONU student, he was involved in several education organizations and was president of the Student Planning Committee, helping to devise and organize campus activities. After graduation, he taught middle school for six years and completed master’s degree and administrative licensure programs.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- In 2015, 100 percent of our education majors were employed in full-time teaching positions within six months of graduation.
- Each year, our graduating classes consistently achieve a 100 percent passage rate on their content licensure exams.
- Our education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a degree with a major in early and middle childhood education. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will make you more attractive to a potential employer.
Here are some courses you’ll take as an education major:
- Culture and Schooling
- Classroom Communications
- Exceptional Learner
- Reading Core classes
- Literature appropriate for the licensure area
- Classroom assessments
- Licensure appropriate methods classes
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Elementary school teacher
- Preschool teacher
- Middle school teacher
- Educational specialist in organizations such as museums or summer camps
- Curriculum coordinator
- School principal
- School superintendent
- University professor
Check out where some of our recent education graduates have ended up: Gyeonggi English Village, Gyeongggi-do, Korea; Early College Academy, Columbus, OH; Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard, OH; Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, TX; Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN; and Arcanum-Butler Local Schools, Arcanum, OH.
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