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Early Childhood Education

The comprehensive early childhood education program prepares graduates to become effective teachers of children in a variety of pre-kindergarten through grade three settings, including preschools, Head Start programs, child-care centers, public schools and related programs for children. Program faculty are dedicated to preparing committed, caring and competent educators who support each individual child’s learning and development through an ongoing process of evaluation and specific instruction techniques. Candidates in the early childhood education program complete a bachelor of science in education degree, which includes extensive experience in preschool, kindergarten and primary grade classrooms. After passing the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams, candidates are eligible to apply for an initial state of Ohio teaching license valid for teaching children pre-kindergarten through grade three.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s), Required teaching experience


4 years

Admission Criteria

Highly competitive


Main Campus
21.0 - 25.0
990 - 1110


Early Childhood Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Cincinnati,OH  45221-0014
CECH Student Services Center
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Successful candidates are those who:

  • understand how young children develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially
  • demonstrate pedagogical and philosophical knowledge of and commitment to early childhood education concepts, principles and values
  • manage the social and physical environment of diverse learning atmospheres
  • use and develop materials appropriate for young children
  • collaborate effectively with others
  • use technology to support their practice
  • use assessment to inform classroom practices
  • exhibit responsible, caring, fair and honest behavior
  • demonstrate leadership through family and community involvement
  • address issues of diversity with equity
  • commit to social justice

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the early childhood education program are prepared to teach in a variety of settings. In public or private schools, they may teach kindergarten or the first, second and third grades, including young children with mild to moderate disabilities. They may also teach in preschools, Head Start programs, child-care centers or related programs.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The four-year early childhood education program enables undergraduates to earn a baccalaureate (BS) degree. Students take general education courses during the first two years of the program. During the third and fourth years (also known as the professional cohort years), students take courses in early childhood philosophy and practices along with methods courses and get extensive classroom experience in preschool, kindergarten and the primary grades.

Advancement in the program consists of a two-step process. The first step is admission to the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) as an education student. The second step involves admission into the professional cohort, which occurs during the second year (i.e., sophomore status or its equivalent). For more information about the cohort selection process, please contact an academic advisor. During year two, education students who meet requirements for advancing in the program must attend a mandatory information meeting during fall semester and at the beginning of the spring semester submit a completed application for admission to the early childhood education cohort that begins the following fall semester. Cohort only begins in fall semester. Enrollment is limited; admission is extremely competitive and not guaranteed.

Once admitted into the cohort, students take professional education courses. During the third and fourth years, students also complete a practicum experience and internship. Students must submit a completed informational packet to the program chair or designee by the due date in order to complete the internship.

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students earn a bachelor's degree in education from CECH. After passing state required tests, students are eligible to apply for a state of Ohio early childhood teaching license.

Minor Details

The early childhood education and development minor offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how children develop from birth to age five. Students will get an introductory experience with early child care and infant and toddler care. The minor provides students with knowledge about development concerns with young children and how to best work with the families of children. Student will be introduced to the concept of play as an important part of a child’s early learning and development. Students will also learn about the basics of developing creative instructional environments for young children. The required courses provide students with a beginning overview of child development and components of early learning environments. 


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

ECE Curriculum

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • EDST1001, Introduction to Education, DC, HP, 3
    • CI1001, Educational Technology, TI, 3
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, College level mathematics or statistics elective, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Fine Arts elective, FA, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • ECE1001, Foundations in Early Childhood Education, DC, SE, 3
    • SPED1001, Individuals with Exceptionalities, DC, SE, 3
    • EDST1002, Educational Psychology, SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science Elective, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective (faculty strongly recommend a historical perspectives course), 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • ECE2000, Introductory Child Development, SS, 3
    • ECE2025, Families, Communities, and Schools, DC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, College level mathematics or statistics course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science elective, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Literature elective must be from AFST, ENGB, or ENGC disciplines, 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • ECE2022, Child Guidance in Play-Based Contexts, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science Elective, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, College level mathematics or statistics elective, 3
    • LSLS2005, Phonics Theory & Practice: Early Childhood Education, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • ECE3010, Foundations of Math and Science, 3
    • ECE3012, P-3 Licensure: Preschool Practicum , 3
    • ECE3014, Developmental Concerns and Family Partnerships, 3
    • ECE3016, Foundations of Creative Expressions, 3
    • ECE3018, Foundations of Reading and Writing Development in Early Childhood, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • ECE3020, Reading through Children's Literature for Young Children, 3
    • ECE3022, P-3 Licensure: Kindergarten Practicum, 3
    • ECE3024, Social Studies for Young Children, 3
    • ECE3026, Assessment for Young Children, 3
    • ECE3028, Classroom Management & Learning Communities, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • ECE4010, P-3 Licensure: Primary Practicum , 3
    • ECE4014, Primary Science Methods, 3
    • ECE4016, Primary Reading and Writing Methods, 3
    • ECE4018, Primary Mathematics Methods, 3
    • ECE4024, Learning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms in Early Childhood, 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • ECE4020, P-3 Licensure: Internship in Early Childhood Education, 8
    • ECE4022, Senior Seminar: ECE, 2
    • ECE4026, Stories of Teaching in Early Childhood Education, 2
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective, 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services continually merits local, state and national recognition. Recent commendations include:

  • accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education
  • a 65th ranking in U.S. News & World Report
  • the Best Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • consistently high scores by candidates on state mandated licensure exams

In addition, the special education program provides small classes, talented faculty in each discipline and extensive field clinical experiences in urban and suburban schools.

Special Programs

Future Educators of America (FEA)
UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all UC students; however, our main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to their college and to their future profession. Members have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international honor society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some of the benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database and access to the ideas, research, insights and expertise of internationally renowned educators.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
SCEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, gifted children, and typically developing students. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practices and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH student ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Students for the Education of Young Children (SEYC)
SEYC helps students prepare to enter the teaching profession as early childhood educators. It provides opportunities to network with other professionals and members of the Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) and its state and national affiliated groups. Students provide outreach to centers/schools (preschool through grade three), participate in service projects, and contribute to CAEYC activities such as Week of the Young Child, annual conference, and community lecture series. Students presented at the 2005 NAEYC conference in Washington, DC. Past members welcome and mentor all new students

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

All transfer students must have completed the high school course requirements listed above.

All transfer students must apply and be admitted to the college and, separately, to the professional cohort.

  • All transfer students must meet the university GPA requirement of 3.0.
  • All transfer students who have accumulated more than 60 applicable credit hours and who meet the transfer requirements must also apply to the professional cohort.

    Please see an academic advisor for important details regarding this. Failure to do so may exclude you in progressing towards degree completion.

Changing Majors Within UC

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers. Please meet with an academic advisor in the Student Services Center for details.

International Student Requirements

International students should contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admissions for details regarding admission requirements.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester


  • Early Action Deadline (non-binding): Dec 1*
  • Rolling Deadline March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.


  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The educator preparation programs at the University of Cincinnati are accredited by theCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In addition, the early childhood education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This program has been determined to meet the Ohio reading mandate and is aligned with the Ohio content area standards.