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Early Childhood Education (BSE)

Preparing teachers for pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade

As a student in the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Dayton, you'll learn to instill a love of learning in young children. You'll prepare to teach children ages 3-8 (pre-kindergarten through the 3rd grade) through our program, which integrates early childhood courses with information about children with special learning needs.

Hands-on learning

Firsthand teaching experiences begin your first year! You'll have unique access to the Bombeck Family Learning Center, the Dayton area's leading early childhood education center. Bombeck Center teachers mentor Early Childhood Education majors by providing you with support and observation experiences.

During your second year as an Early Childhood Education major, you'll actively participate in the Bombeck Center's classrooms during your year-long field practicum.

Program outcomes

You'll become an expert in the early childhood principles set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Division for Early Childhood and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Program requirements

  • Meet all academic and competency requirements in order to do your student teaching and be recommended for licensure.
  • All field and clinical experiences must be completed successfully.

Note: Students are encouraged to choose an area of focus for elective coursework.

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Department of Teacher Education

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2966