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Inclusive Early Childhood Education

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program (IEC) at Bowling Green State University is a revolutionary program in Ohio designed to prepare undergraduate teacher education candidates for employment in inclusive early childhood learning environments.

Preparing graduates for careers.

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program leads to a Bachelors of Science in Education degree.  Graduates of the program earn three credentials in four years:

  • Early Childhood Education license for pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade.
  • Early Childhood Intervention Specialist license for pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade.
  • Birth to Age 3 Early Intervention Specialist license through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to work with infants and toddlers who have a disability or who are at risk.

Sound Philosophy

The IEC program blends the best practices from early childhood education with early childhood special education.  It addresses the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to meet the needs of each child.  Graduates are prepared to provide differentiated, evidence-based instruction to young children from birth through grade 3.  The program is committed to the development of partnerships and scholarly endeavors that reflect the University’s professional values of justice, fairness, and equity.                                         

National education associations support inclusionary practices, and young children across the county are reaping the benefits by experiencing success in inclusive settings.  BGSU’s Inclusive Early Childhood Education program involves professionals from diverse disciplines working together to address the complex learning needs found in all classrooms. We support parents, community members, teachers, and paraprofessionals as partners in the educational process, and each child is a respected member of the learning community.

BGSU graduates of the IEC program will be able to teach young children with and without disabilities in integrated settings.  Students who have completed this program may also elect to take courses that lead to the Ohio 4th and 5th grade Teaching Endorsement.  Endorsement courses are offered in the summer both online and in face-face formats at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Interdisciplinary approach

Faculty members from several disciplines -- Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Human Development and Family Studies, and Educational Foundations -- teach courses in the IEC program. Each faculty member brings strong backgrounds in their individual disciplines to help students gain a diverse and well-rounded foundation for inclusive early childhood education.  Students will not only learn about co-teaching and team-teaching; they will experience it firsthand in this innovative program.

Students enrolled in the IEC program are advised by the college advising staff during the initial year at BGSU.  In the sophomore and subsequent years, IEC students will attend group advising meetings and meet with assigned  advisors on an individual basis.  Because students move in cohorts through the program, they encourage and are encouraged by one another in the achievement of their academic goals.

BGSU Resources to Support IEC Students

Candidates in BGSU’s teacher education programs enjoy a variety of useful resources that include the Technology and Resources Center and the Reading Center in the Education Building, as well as the Curriculum Resource Center in Jerome Library.  Education-related clubs and organizations complement social groups, such as Greek Life. BGSU’s Teacher Job Fair, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services, is one of the largest in the entire country. 

All Early Childhood Education majors take a combination of classes from across the university: science, math, arts & humanities, and social & behavioral sciences.  Courses in the major are taken in 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 their teaching licenses. 

Special opportunities exist for students entering teacher education degree programs at Bowling Green State University. These include: (a) Educators 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 inAldine, Texas

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

Kimberly A. Christensen, Programmatic Co-Coordinator
403 Education Building
College of Education and Human Development

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
419.372.7299
iec@bgsu.edu

Cynthia D. Bertelsen, Assessment & Professional Development Co-Coordinator
558 Education Building
College of Education and Human Development

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
419-372.4249
iec@bgsu.edu

Students interested in enrolling in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education program at BGSU-Firelands should contact:
Anne Leser, 419-372-0968,  aleser@bgsu.edu
or Katharine Dailey, 419-372-0664, kdailey@bgsu.edu
BGSU-Firelands, Huron, Ohio 44839-5560