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What is early childhood education?

Address the educational, social and developmental needs of young children by teaching pre-kindergarten through third grade in public or private schools and community programs. 

Why early childhood education at OSU?

We integrate teaching techniques that will help you improve the intellectual and emotional development of children. You will participate in hands-on learning through field experiences that link educational theory and research with daily practice. Upon degree completion, graduates are recommended to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for full teacher certification and are prepared to take certification exams in other states, if applicable. The high-quality reputation of our program makes graduates highly sought after for teaching positions in Oklahoma and beyond.

Career Paths

Teach in public or private schools or community settings, such as:


Experiential Learning

Learn real-world educational techniques in an inclusive classroom setting within our on-site model teaching classroom and nationally accredited child development lab.

Explore the Cleo L. Craig Child Development Lab 

Field experiences

Early childhood education OSU student at work in the CDL


Accelerated Program

Earn both an early childhood education bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years through our accelerated program.



Student Perspective

Robin Holly

“OSU early childhood education has crafted an unparalleled teacher preparation degree that provides future educators with both the ability to understand and the tools needed to teach children across all developmental pathways while fostering love, connection and bridging education and life. The program values students and provides multiple opportunities to practice methods, gain experiences and build relationships on and off campus within the educational community.”

- Robin Holly
Early childhood education student

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