Early Childhood Education (grades PK-3)
What is Early Childhood Education?
Gone are the days of worksheets. Teaching in today’s society is creative, innovative and engaging and allows educators to make an impact that extends beyond the classroom. In the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, students are prepped with hands-on experience and a solid theoretical grounding. With a focus on technology and field experience, our graduates guide student exploration with creative and innovative teaching strategies. The Early Childhood Education degree program at OU prepares students to pursue teaching careers in a preschool, child development institute or early elementary classroom.
Do my interests fit?
OU early childhood education majors have endless opportunities to become role models and lead student success. Qualities and desires of exceptional teachers include:
- Helping children find their dreams and passions
- Mentoring students in all aspects of life
- Becoming a confidant and a cheerleader
- Supporting critical and innovative thinking
High school preparation could include tutoring, mentoring, camp counseling or pre-education courses.
How can OU Early Childhood Education help me?
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education helps prepare the future mind-molders of the world. With alumni networks all over the world and free professional development opportunities, JRCoE graduates are prepared and ready to enter the innovative and rewarding world of teaching. Our graduates are highly recruited, and we’re pleased to report 100 percent job placement in recent years. Take a look at some of our unique programs:
JRCoE is the only college of education in the state of Oklahoma to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program. This program meet rigorous criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence. Students enrolled in our undergraduate degree programs receive an Apple iPad their first semester in the program. Upon successful completion of their degree, students keep the device and the digital content they created to use in their teaching careers.
JRCoE is the first in Oklahoma to offer students the opportunity to complete their college education free of debt through our OU Debt-Free Teachers Program. Once JRCoE students graduate, they’ll teach in a mutually agreed-upon high-need area in Oklahoma and we foot the bill for up to $20,000 of their student loans - $5,000 a year up to four years after they graduate.
What courses will I take?
Early childhood specialized education courses include:
- Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
- Social Emotional Learning and Child Guidance
- Theories of Literacy Development for Young Children
- Inquiry-Based Science Teaching
- Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education
- Methods, Materials & Organization of Literacy Programs for Young Children
- Diverse Learners
- Integrated Curriculum
- Professional Education courses
How can I get involved?
There are numerous organizations education students can be a part of. Check them out:
- Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA)
- The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
- Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
- Sooner National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
How can I study abroad?
How much will I make?
Median pay for Preschool Teachers: $28,790
Median pay for Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: $55,490
Median pay for Special Education Teachers: $57,910
*Pay from Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s degree programs acreddited by the state of Oklahoma and the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Students who complete an education degree program through the JRCoE are well-prepared for initial teacher certification in the state of Oklahoma, and they find that the out of state teacher certification process is feasible. Early childhood education majors graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education while earning their Teacher Certification. Additional Master and Doctoral Program information available here.