Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education Major
Early Childhood Teaching Licensure
The early childhood program (B.S.E.) leads to licensure for teaching ages three through eight or pre-kindergarten through grade three.
Choose one required concentration area from:
- Early Childhood 4-5 Generalist (includes endorsement)
- Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (includes second license)
- Reading (includes PreK-12 endorsement)
- Specialized Content Strand
Critical Decision Points and Assessment Benchmarks for Teacher Education Candidates
To determine the progress of candidates in meeting departmental standards, benchmarks have been set to be reviewed at four critical decision points across the program. The Department of Education reserves the right to refuse registration and/or admission to any candidate who does not meet the criteria or who does not make satisfactory progress in the Teacher Education Program.
Decision Point 1: Pre-Admission (Entry to EDUC 160/1600)
- 2.5 overall GPA in courses that appear on the Otterbein transcript
- ACT scores of 20 or above on both English and Math, or
SAT scores of 500 or above on both Critical Reading and Math, or
Praxis I score of 172 or above on Writing and/or Math
Decision Point 2: Admission to Teacher Education Programs
Criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program include:
- A minimum of one year of college level work, including EDUC 160/1600 and EDUC 2000/2200;
- Post-evaluation 2.5 overall GPA from all institutions;
- Post-evaluation 2.5 GPA in teaching area(s);
- Positive recommendations from persons listed below, which will be used to assess interpersonal relations, motivation, and content knowledge:
- EDUC 160/1600 instructor, supervisor, and cooperating teacher(s);
- EDUC 2000/2200 instructor, supervisor, and cooperating teacher(s);
- A member of the Otterbein faculty or staff who can assess the student's critical dispositions, this is the student's responsibility; forms are available in the Education Office;
- The chairperson of the teaching area department (for AYA or Multi-Age);
- Proficiency in written communication as evidenced by a "C" or better in a college level composition course;
- Proficiency in oral communication as evidenced by performance in EDUC 160/1600 and EDUC 2000/2200;
- Course grades and field ratings in EDUC 160/1600 and EDUC 2000/2200;
- The Teacher Education Committee may consider other data related to success in teaching at the option of the Committee.
Applications are reviewed every term; files are complete only after a candidate has taken EDUC 2000/2200. Applicants will be notified of the action of the Committee in writing within two weeks of the decision, and they may reapply if they do not qualify on the first application by contacting the Department of Education for application deadlines.
Eligibility will again be checked prior to candidates being enrolled in Methods courses. Candidates must receive positive recommendations from their early field experience in order to enroll in EDUC 3200, 3420, 3700, or MUSC 3032/3033/3034, or HLED 4000/PHED 4000.
Decision Point 3: Enrollment in Capstone (Student Teaching)
Applications for student teaching are available on the Education website under "Department Forms." Applications must be submitted at least two terms before student teaching. Candidates' records will again be reviewed before student teaching placement to assure the following criteria for eligibility are met:
- GPA (see Admission requirements);
- Successful completion of pre-student teaching field and course requirements;
- Positive recommendation from a Methods instructor;
- Submission of a student teaching application to the Education Department (see Education Department for application deadline);
- Interview with the Director or Assistant Director of Field Placements.
Candidates needing more time to demonstrate competencies for student teaching may be required to take an extra field experience.
Decision Point 4: Exit Requirements to be Recommended for Licensure
- Successful completion of Student Teaching Clinical Practice requirements;
- Successful completion of Student Teaching Seminar requirements including an electronic exit portfolio;
- Completion of all required coursework, including a "C" grade in all Professional Education courses;
- Verification of GPA requirements (see Admission to Teacher Education);
- Valid Fingerprinting and Background Check is required for licensure;
- Application for graduation/program completion (see Office of the Registrar for details at least two terms before you plan to complete your program);
- Successful completion of Praxis II and/or ACTFL-LTI (foreign language candidates) examinations required for licensure area(s).
Requirements for Licensure
Requirements for students seeking teacher licensure are listed in the Teacher Education Programs booklet.
All Department of Education program requirements and courses are listed in the Otterbein University Undergraduate Catalog.
Courses Required in the Major
Course requirements for students seeking a B.S.E. degree with an Early Childhood major are listed in the Teacher Education Programs booklet in the section above.