Early childhood education

Early childhood education (Pre-K to grade 3)

Students earn a license to teach in preschool through grade 3 by completing an early childhood education major. This license prepares you to teach both typically developing children as well as children with mild-moderate disabilities and provides particular focus on teaching reading to young children.
You will be strongly encouraged to complete the early childhood generalist endorsement to also teach in grades 4 and 5. This is in preparation for proposed changes in the state licensure which will expand the early childhood education license to pre-K to grade 5.
Did you know Bluffton offers a 3+1 program to help you complete a bachelors in early childhood education and a Masters of Arts in Education with reading endorsement in just four years?  Learn more! 

Judy Pierman

Our alumni

When Judy (Mull ‘63) Pierman sees a need, the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Service alumni award seeks a solution. The need could be quality preschool education, or understanding English. What began as a volunteer position teaching literacy in the workplace, became a  career with the Hispanic Human Resources Council.

“Our mission is to prepare children to go to school speaking English while maintaining their home language.”  >>> Judy's story

You may also add an endorsements for pre-kindergarten special needs. The intervention specialist (K-12) major may be completed with the early childhood major in four years.
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A four-year COURSE PLAN is provided as a guideline for course selection leading to an early childhood education major.
The traditional route to becoming a teacher in Ohio involves completing a bachelor's degree then obtaining a teaching license from the Ohio Department of Education.   >>> occupational outlook
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