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Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Degree

Students who are passionate about working with young children and want to work in a preschool or early elementary classroom will find the University of Oklahoma College of Education’s nationally recognized Early Childhood Education program to be a good mixture of hands-on experience and solid theoretical education. Beginning with the first course taken in the Professional Education curriculum, students complete at least 100 hours tutoring and observing in local elementary schools and at the Institute of Child Development, located on the OU Norman campus, before they begin student teaching.

The curriculum for a Bachelor of Science degree with teaching certification is designed to be accomplished within four years, though this can vary depending on when the student enters the program as a fully admitted student to the college.   

Degree Options

An Early Childhood Education student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. A student could also pursue a Master of Education, a Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctor of Education degree. Students who obtain a master's degree may be certified as reading specialists.

Download the degree checksheet for this program (PDF)

Certification

Students are recommended for Oklahoma certification to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade after graduating and passing required state certification exams (the OGET, OSAT and OPTE).

Early Childhood majors may wish to consider adding an additional certification in either Elementary Education or Special Education. This may extend your undergraduate timeline by an additional semester. Talk with your advisor if you are interested in adding a second certification.

Interests and Skills

Early Childhood Education students are interested in working with young children. Preparation should include tutoring or working with preschool through third-grade students.