The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program is part of BGSU Firelands.   

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Inclusive PreK- grade 5 Education Program

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program, within the College of Education and Human Development, is a competitive program that prepares teachers to construct developmentally appropriate education for children ages 3-11 in collaboration with their families. In addition, the Inclusive Education program prepares students for two teaching licenses at the BGSU Firelands campus.

  • Setting: Full-time, in person 
  • Prerequisite classes required: Yes 
  • Adjectives for a successful student: responsible, caring, accepting

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program (IEC) within the College of Education and Human Development of 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.

Multiple Credentials

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with two teaching licenses.
Graduates work in a variety of educational settings for young children, including community agencies, daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and the elementary grades 1-5. Graduates of the program earn two credentials in four years:

Early Childhood Education licensure for PreK through 5th grade.
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist license for PreK through 5th grade.

BGSU graduates of the program will be able to teach young children with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.

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 through grade 5. 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 Education PK-grade 5 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.

Dr. Trisha Prunty, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of the Inclusive Early Childhood Program

Message from the director: Allow me to offer the warmest of welcomes to new or returning students who are interested in an education program. BGSU Firelands offers amazing education programs for people who want to teach PreK-grade 5 elementary or special education. The classes are in person, there is plenty of field experience and our students are hired to teach in the area after graduation.

Updated: 05/06/2024 04:51PM