Bachelor of Science in Education
College of Education and Human Development
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program, within the College of Education and Human Development, is a highly competitive program that prepares teachers to construct developmentally appropriate education for all children ages 3-8, in collaboration with their families. In addition, candidates are prepared and credentialed to work with children at-risk or with disabilities from birth to age three. The vision of the program is to develop infant-toddler, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and primary grade teachers who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to
Graduates work in a variety of educational settings for young children, including community agencies, daycare centers, pre-kindergartens, kindergartens and the primary grades of 1-3. Graduates of the program earn three credentials in four years:
Based on a background in typical and atypical child development, educational psychology and developmentally appropriate practices, teacher candidates have coursework and clinical experiences to address the four programmatic strands:
This is a highly competitive four-year program. Admission criteria relate to state and national standards for accreditation. To be admitted, the Inclusive Early Childhood major must demonstrate:
1) An ACT composite of 22 or higher, OR a passing score on Praxis I (reading, writing and math), OR a grade of “C” or better in GSW 1120, EIEC 1110, and Math 1150 or MATH 2130.
2) A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at BGSU and in courses transferred from other institutions.
3) A letter grade of “C” or better in EIEC 1110, EDTL 2010, EIEC 2100, EIEC 2010, EIEC 2120, EIEC 2220, and EDFI 3010.
To be eligible for Ohio’s provisional, or entry-year-level, license, a graduate must complete the major with at least a 2.5 accumulative grade point average and must successfully complete the required Praxis II exams.
Inclusive Early Childhood Education majors meeting these criteria qualify to teach children from pre-K through grade three (ages 3-8) and to work in community settings with children at risk or with disabilities aged birth to three.
Before the capstone experience of a student teaching internship, majors engage in a variety of clinical and field experiences including structured observations, tutoring, assessment, and teaching of children in small and large groups across pre-kindergarten and kindergarten/primary grade settings.
Two on-campus child care facilities are resources for students in early childhood education. The Child Development Center is nationally accredited and state-approved. The Jordan Family Development Center is state-approved. Both facilities include kitchens, activity centers and outdoor play areas.
Completion of the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but completing only the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same world language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
The College of Education and Human Development focuses on the education of professionals who positively impact the development of individuals, families, communities, schools and other societal institutions.
BGSU’s teacher education programs are well respected throughout the country. The education programs have earned accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Ohio Department of Education.
Opportunities for education-related clubs and organizations are available within the College of Education and Human Development. The Student Education Association provides activities and programs to enhance the professional development of teacher candidates. Other professional organizations, both academic and non-academic, are available to students.
Many education majors also take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to study abroad. Each year students go abroad for experiences ranging from several weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year.
For detailed information on BGSU students’ pass rates on the national licensing exam, visit the College of Education and Human Development’s website at www.bgsu.edu/colleges/edhd/.
BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the NCATE.
IEC website: www.bgsu.edu/colleges/edhd/iec.html
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Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Inclusive Early Childhood Education, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/EDHD/EDHD35.html.