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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Ed.

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Degree Granted: Bachelor of Science in Education

Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 133 to 146 semester hours

Teaching Credential: Ohio four-year Resident Educator teaching license in early childhood (ages 3 to 8 and grades pre K-3, including children with mild/moderate disabilities). Requires successful completion of all program requirements and acceptable scores on applicable state licensure examinations as mandated by the Ohio Department of Education.

Portfolio:  All teaching licensure students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. Students who take

  or who transfer to Cleveland State University in Fall 2012 or later are required to complete portfolio requirements using TaskStream.  Students entering teacher licensure programs from Fall 2007 through Summer 2012 will maintain their portfolios in the Cleveland State University ePortfolio system.

At various checkpoints, students must meet specific criteria to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are advised to access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at one of the following:



Accreditation: Having met current curriculum guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Admission to Major: Must be admitted to the College of Education and Human Services (requires 2.50 cumulative grade-point average). Must also be accepted into a College of Education and Human Services program. This requires 2.50 cumulative grade-point average, grade of C or better on college-level English composition course, grade of C or better on college-level math course, an intake interview, and verification of good moral character.

Advising: Admission and program guidelines may be secured from the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170A, 216-687-4625. Continuing academic, personal, and professional advising is available from assigned faculty advisers and the College Advising Office.

Evening Program: Classes that do not require field work are frequently offered in the evenings; some are offered during the day. Students must be available for field placements in area schools during the day.

Department Office: Teacher Education; Julka Hall 302A, 216-687-4600.

The Early Childhood Education Program prepares candidates for teaching children from ages 3 to 8 (pre K -grade 3), including typically developing youngsters and those with mild and moderate disabilities. Taken as a whole, the curriculum focuses on the development of teaching and learning practices associated with high-quality early childhood education for young children representing diverse cultures and abilities. These practices respect all children and provide them with equal opportunity to develop emotionally, socially, morally, physically, intellectually, and aesthetically and to extend their learning in all content areas. The development of professional knowledge and skills is aided by reflective practice and inquiry. To that end, the observation of children and early childhood settings accompanies relevant study, is followed by on-site practice, and culminates in supervised student teaching.

Major-Field Requirements

Required Courses:

A. General Education and Prerequisite Requirements (45-58 hours)

The courses listed in this section are designed to meet GenEd 2008 requirements and provide coursework prerequisite to the professional and major components of the program. In some cases, the listed courses exceed the University GenEd 2008 requirements. NOTE: The list of approved GenEd 2008 courses is continually updated; program and department advisers should be consulted for the latest list.

Basic Foundation

1. Intro to University Life

  • One course selected from approved list (1 hour)
Breadth of Knowledge

4. Natural Sciences

5. Social Sciences

  • Second Social Science course selected from approved list, from department other than Psychology and focusing on a society other than U.S. (Africa, Asia, Latin American, or Middle East) (3 hours)
6. Arts and Humanities

7. Social Diversity

Additional Components

8. Writing/Speaking Across the Curriculum

9. Capstone Experience

  • (Check with Teacher Education Department for course requirement) 
11. Foreign Language (if required)

  • 2 semesters of foreign language or 2 semesters of American Sign Language (ASL) and 1 foreign culture course (0-12 hours)

B. Professional Education Requirements (13 hours)

Core course work in education and related professional experiences are included in this area for a total of 13 hours. Where applicable, all prerequisites must be met prior to enrollment in these courses. In addition, EDB 301  and EDB 302  must be taken concurrently. The professional education foundation courses must be completed first in the education sequence as they are prerequisites for many of the remaining Professional Education courses.

C. Concentration Requirements (62 hours)

Specialized course work in early childhood education and related professional experiences are included in the following areas for a total of 62 hours. Because certain courses in this sequence must be taken concurrently or in a prescribed order, students are strongly advised to seek assistance from the College Advising Office (EB 107A) before registering for classes.

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