Inclusive Early Childhood Education
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program (IEC) at Bowling Green State University is a revolutionary program in the state of Ohio that will prepare undergraduate teacher education candidates for employment in inclusive early childhood learning environments.
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program leads to a Bachelors of Science in Education degree. This is the first program in Ohio where undergraduates earn multiple credentials:
- 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 certificate through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to work with infants and toddlers who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
BGSU graduates of the program will be able to teach young children with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.
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.
Faculty from both early childhood education and special education bring knowledge and strong backgrounds to help students gain a diverse and well-rounded foundation for inclusive early education. This professional collaboration includes co-planning and co-teaching courses, modeling recommended practices in early childhood and early childhood special education classrooms today.
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, including Bowling Green Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Early Childhood Organization, 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 Inclusive 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 Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) content specialty test, as well as the appropriate OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge 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 (ECCO) learning community, (b) studying abroad in Keele, England, or (c) student teaching with our school partners in Aldine, Texas.
The Inclusive 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).
Graduate Programs, Endorsements, and Certificates:
- School of Teaching and Learning Graduate Opportunities
- School of Intervention Services Graduate Opportunities
Kimberly A. Christensen, Coordinator
403 Education Building
College of Education and Human Development
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Students interested in enrolling in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education program at BGSU Firelands should contact:
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BGSU Firelands, Huron, Ohio 44839-5560