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Early Childhood Education

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The Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree is housed in the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an Ohio teaching license that enables a successful candidate to teach in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3. Students who are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program may also elect to take courses that lead to the Ohio 4-5 Teaching Endorsement, which would permit them to teach in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 5. Endorsement courses are offered in the summer online and face-to-face formats at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

The ECE degree program is a highly competitive program requiring a candidate to earn a grade point average of 3.2 to be fully admitted into the program. Thus, students who enter this program are academically strong and prepared for the challenging program of study. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program are advised by the College advising staff during their initial year at BGSU, and then are assigned a faculty advisor from the School of Teaching and Learning for the remainder of their undergraduate experience. 

All Early Childhood Education majors take a combination of classes from across the broad spectrum as well as focus on classes in the major from three primary areas: Human Development and Family Studies, Intervention Services, and Teaching and Learning. In addition to the coursework required, the Ohio Board of Regents requires all licensure candidates to successfully pass the appropriate Praxis II content specialty test, as well as the appropriate Praxis II Principles of Teaching and Learning test. Candidates must apply for the two exams, as well as apply for the teaching license. 

Special opportunities exist for students entering teacher education degree programs at Bowling Green State University. These include: (a) Partners in Context and Community Learning Center (focus on urban education), (b) studying abroad in Keele, England, (c) student teaching abroad in English-speaking schools in Rio de Janerio, or (d) student teaching with our school partners in Aldine, Texas

BGSU is also home to one of the largest Teacher Job Fairs in the country sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services. Candidates in BGSU teacher education programs also enjoy a variety of resources for their use including the Curriculum Resource Center in the Jerome Library, the Technology and Resource Center in the Education Building. In addition to Greek Life, additional campus wide clubs and organizations are available including education-related clubs and organizations. 

The Early Childhood Education program at Bowling Green State University is an NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Nationally Recognized Program. It is fully accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents. All Teacher Education programs at BGSU are fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education). 

Contact Information: 

Susan Peet 
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator 
529 Education Building 
School of Teaching and Learning 
College of Education and Human Development 
Bowling Green State University 
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 
1-419-372-7320 
E-mail: stl@bgsu.edu 

Students interested in enrolling in the Early Childhood Education program at BGSU-Firelands should contact: 

Anne Leser 
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator 
BGSU-Firelands 
Huron, Ohio 44839-5560 
1-419-372-0968 
E-mail: aleser@bgsu.edu