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ODU's Early Childhood Education program prepares you to teach Pre-K through grade 3.
Program highlights:
  • Major leads to teaching licensure.
  • Licensure-only option for students who already have a bachelor's degree.
  • Add the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement to teach in Grades 4 and 5. 
  • Students are provided at least 460 hours of hands-on, clinical and field-based experience in diverse classroom settings.
  • MBA Formats

    Degrees & Courses

    Read the degree requirements and course descriptions for the major and licensure, plus view a sample 4-year plan.

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  • MissionStDom

    Outcomes & Careers

    Graduates are prepared to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade.

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  • Archway

    Education Division

    Get to know ODU English and education faculty , view current news and events, and more.

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  • Student Organizations
    Kappa Delta Pi 
    Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an International Honor Society in Education, whose purpose is to connect future educators with each other and other education advocates. KDP strives to reach out to the community through education by volunteering, fundraising, and organizing events.

    Ohio Student Education Association
    All ODU Education majors are invited to join the Ohio Student Education Association (OSEA), a pre-professional organization for students preparing for careers in education. 

    Current students are part of the Ohio Education Association, which representing more than 128,000 members in the state. The Association actively supports public education reform and teacher licensure. 

    For more information about these organizations, contact Sr. JoAnn Hohenbrink at hohenbrj@ohiodominican.edu or (614) 251-4579.
  • Dominican Scholars
    Through the Dominican Scholars program, ODU offers education students extended leadership, learning and community services opportunities. 

    Aspiring educators will observe teaching environments, tutor students, participate in professional associations and more.

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  • Professional Accreditations
    ODU's Integrated Language Arts Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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  • Education Field Office
    ODU's Education Field Office organizes and administers all field and clinical experiences in the teacher education programs. We partner with area school districts and their teachers to help provide quality and diverse field experiences for our future educators.

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  • Initial Licensure Transition Points and Policies
    Transition Points for Initial Licensure Criteria Assessments Systems / Policies to implement the criteria
    Prior to Transition Point 1
    Pre-Professional Stage
    BCII Checks to participate Introduction to Teaching field experience. The Education Division office (Ohio Dominican University) checks off the candidate's name in TK20, once BCII check results are received and cleared. Candidates' BCII result sheets are scanned and stored electronically as well, in the Division server folder. The Education Division office communicates with professors of Introduction to Teaching courses about the status of candidates' BCII results and candidates who have not cleared their status are not allowed to participate in their field experiences.

    Syllabus for Introduction to Teaching courses states the BCII checks requirement for the course and field experience.
    Transition Point 1

    Admissions to Professional Education
    Purchase TK20 and Completion of Application thru TK20

    Admission Essay (Effective Teacher in 21st Century)

    C or better (C+ or better, beginning 2014 Fall) in Introduction to Teaching

    Three faculty recommendations (1 Cooperating Teacher, 1 University Supervisor, 1 ODU professor)

    GPA 2.5 [2.75, beginning 2014 Fall]

    Praxis I test: Passing Scores, Reading-173, Writing-172, Mathematics-172
    [Replaced by Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE), from 2014 Fall; Passing Scores, Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150]
    Candidates submit TK20 fee to the Business Office at Ohio Dominican University; then their payment information comes to the Education Division office, requesting TK20 to activate the candidates' accounts. After the candidates receive their active TK20 accounts, they can complete application form and admission essay in TK20.

    Candidates who meet all criteria for admissions to Professional Education are "released" to register to take EDU 200 level and above: Education Division notify Registrar’s Office about the release, then the restriction gets removed.

    Minimum GPAs are hard-coded in ODU Online Registration system, which allows only those who meet the requirement are able to register. In addition, the "Advising Hold" is put on all candidates' accounts for on-line registration, which allows only those who have been advised with the candidate's faculty advisor can register on-line.

    The Admission Essays are assessed by Introduction to Teaching professors and program coordinators to determine the candidates' written communication skills and their inclinations toward the unit's expected dispositions.

    Two of the faculty recommendation forms are completed by the Intro to Teaching instructor and the cooperating teacher, and the third by any other instructor at ODU. A transfer student may have instructors from another institution complete the forms, however, they must be filled out by someone in an educational setting, and not an employer, coach, tutor, etc.

    A recommendation received with "Reservations" will be red flagged and passed to the student’s program area coordinator. The coordinator will meet with the student to address the issue(s), after which the coordinator will initial and date the form.

    A recommendation received with 2 red flags will be passed on to the chair. He/she will meet with the program area coordinator prior to meeting with the student to develop a plan to address the issue(s).  

    Recommendations forms are reviewed by Introduction to Teaching professors and program coordinators to assess the candidates' professionalism, dispositions and communication skills. The Division Chair, Education is ultimately responsible for determining candidates' acceptance into the program but the decisions are made in collaboration with the program coordinators and faculty.

    Praxis Core test scores are entered in TK20 in each individual student's account, being checked off for passing scores, by Division of Education office.
    Transition Point 3

    Program Completion
    Completion of all program requirements with a 2.500 GPA, 2.500 GPA [2.75, beginning 2014 Fall] in content courses

    Successful completion of student teaching (Field evaluations, Disposition rubric, Lesson planning, Reflections, Case Study and edTPA)

    Successful completion of edTPA (40 or higher)
    GPA requirements are hard-coded in ODU online system, as described in Transition Point 2.

    Mediation and resolution procedures in case candidate's performance does not meet the expected level for student teaching are specified in Student Teaching Handbook, "Procedures for Problem Resolution" and "Failure, Withdrawal or Removal from Student Teaching" section.  

    If the candidate's edTPA score falls below 40, they are offered to do in-house retake of the portion that was scored lower than 3 in the rubric. He/she will need to schedule a meeting with his/her university supervisor to review his/her portfolio and score report. During this meeting the candidate will reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of their performance on the assessment and may receive additional mentoring and instruction in order to advance his/her current abilities. This meeting must be scheduled prior to their completion of student teaching. The candidate’s grade for student teaching will not be issued until this meeting has occurred and the candidate’ oral/written reflection meets expectation (compatible to "3" in edTPA rubric scoring) which means their diploma will be held until all requirements are met.
    Transition Point 4

    Teacher Licensure
    Completion of all program requirements with a 2.500 GPA, a 2.500 GPA in content courses [2.75, beginning 2014 Fall], earning appropriate scores on PRAXIS II exams [Replaced by OAE, Ohio Assessment for Educators, from 2013 Fall]

    Submitting a positive BCII report to the Ohio Department of Education.

    EXIT Survey - Pre-Service Teacher Candidate Survey (by OBR)
    The Education Division office collaborates with the Registrar's Office to verify candidates' completion of all requirements for their licensure. The Education Division office sends candidates' OAE scores to Registrar's Office. A designated personnel in Registrar’s office audits/verifies candidates' program completion and OAE scores, and sends their applications to Ohio Department of Education.

    Candidates participate in the EXIT Survey - Pre-Service Teacher Candidate Survey (by OBR) in the end of EDU 479 Student Teaching seminar.

Expand Your Education

Studying abroad introduces you to new cultures and experiences. ODU offers life-changing trips ideal for students interested in:
  • Art & Architecture
  • Business & Politics
  • History & Culture
  • Languages & Literature
  • Peace & Justice
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