Department of Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 3

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Why Choose the Early Childhood Education Program?

The Early Childhood Education program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with licensure. The degree program is designed so that students complete general education and content courses as freshman and sophomores and begin the Early Childhood program as juniors as members of a cohort group. The cohort portion of the program consists of three semesters of integrated coursework and field experiences and one semester of student teaching. Recommendation for licensure requires successful completion of the program and passing scores on required licensure examinations.

Upon successful completion of the licensure portion of the program and passing the appropriate licensure exams, candidates are eligible for an Ohio resident educator license Early Childhood (PK-3). Please consult with an advisor for current licensure test information.

Specific courses have been included to ensure that candidates develop theoretical and practical knowledge in humanities, mathematics and technology, social sciences, biological and physical sciences, the arts and personal health and fitness. Included also are the courses that incorporate multi-cultural and global perspectives in the general education requirements.

Persons pursuing a teacher licensure program are required to complete the Ohio Department of Education prescribed exams for their intended area of licensure. 

Contact Information:

Michelle Fleming, Ph.D.,  Director
(937) 775-2024

For general questions, admission information, licensure information, and transcript evaluation, contact a Student Services Advisor.

Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information


Admission Requirements

  • 30 semester credit hours of college coursework
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5
  • One of the following:
    • ACT composite score of 22 or better
    • SAT composite score of 1000 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core exam*
      • Reading score of 156 or higher
      • Writing score of 162 or higher
      • Math score of 150 or higher

Based on a review of institutional, state, and national Praxis Core data, the College of Education and Human Services has re-examined and adjusted the Praxis Core scores required for admission.

As the adjustments may be helpful to students applying for admission, we are implementing these adjustments immediately.

Thus, anyone who took the Praxis Core Writing exam prior to August 1, 2016 will be able to count a score of 150 or higher. And, anyone who had a Math score of 150 or higher will have now met the testing criteria for that area.

Admission Process

New Students


Apply to the University. You will be admitted to University College as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

Current Wright State Students


Submit the Early Childhood Education Program application.

Effective 4/25/17: The Early Childhood Program no longer requires submission of a writing sample or recommendation forms.