Early childhood education (ECE) focuses on the educational, social, and developmental
needs of young children. Graduates are certified to teach pre-kindergarten through
Why early childhood education at OSU?
OSU students learn a developmental approach to educating students from birth through
third grade. Students participate in the on-campus child development lab, three field
experiences, and a required student teaching semester.
Early childhood educators can focus in public schools, private schools, or community
organizations such as:
Pre-K and Pre-school
Parents as Teachers
$508Kin scholarships to undergraduate students
annually awarded by the College of Human Sciences
Nationally accredited facility
OSU's child development lab is nationally and state accredited through the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for the Accreditation
of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
OSU students learn real-world educational techniques in an inclusive classroom setting
in our on-site model teaching classroom and child development lab. Multiple field
experiences with young children in urban, suburban, and rural settings combine theory
and learning with daily teaching practice.
OSU offers an accelerated master’s program which allows students to earn both ECE
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.