2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 03, 2022  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, BSEd

Program Description

The Department of Teacher Education (TED) offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) at Wright State University. The ECE program is committed to the quality and success of every teacher candidate. In accordance with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) teacher preparation standards, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Ohio Learning Standards, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) standards, and the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) standards, the ECE program faculty are committed to ensuring high teacher candidate quality from recruitment and admission, through the progression of courses and clinical experiences, to program completion and graduation.

The ECE faculty recommend for licensure those candidates who are prepared to effectively teach all content areas grades PK-3. Because the development of candidate quality is the goal of the program, the ECE program reviews a number of academic and non-academic factors at admissions, during the program, and at completion to determine selection and progression in the program. While faculty and staff work closely with every candidate to ensure a positive experience to support the learning outcomes in our specific courses and program, a teacher candidate may be removed from the program based on performance.

The ECE program is designed for the most talented candidates and candidates must formally apply to the program and meet the academic standards defined below. In keeping with CAEP standards, it is the goal of the program to select a diverse set of candidates that meet the academic standards for and display attitudes and behaviors reflective of excellence in the teaching profession. Admission into the ECE program and cohort is not based solely on the attainment of the minimum academic requirements. Additionally, the B.S.Ed. degree program allows candidates to earn an Ohio teaching license in Early Childhood Education, grades PK-3.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the B.S.Ed. program, a candidate must have:

a)  Completed the Program Application Form by January 15th for the Fall Semester or September 15th for the Spring Semester

       b)  Cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or better

c)   Exam scores documenting competency in reading, writing, & math via scores at the 50th or higher percentile on the subtests of the ACT, SAT, and/or Praxis Core Academics for Educators exams

       d)  Passing scores on the Dispositional Assessment

       e)  Completed the Field Placement Application

  f)   An academic plan for completion of all WSU Core and ECE Content courses signed by the academic advisor.

For more information visit: https://education-human-services.wright.edu/teacher-education

Learning Outcomes

1. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Accreditation Standards (national accreditation is required by the state of Ohio) - which includes multiple key assessments and dispositions checks; CAEP Standards: http://www.caepnet.org/standards/introduction

2. Alignment with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium [InTASC Standards; http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Publications/InTASC_Model_Core_Teaching_Standards_and_Learning_ Progressions_for_Teachers_10.html

3. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); NAEYC Standards: https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/our-work/higher-ed/NAEYC-Professional-Preparation-Standards.pdf

4. State of Ohio Educator Standards - the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession; https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Equity/Ohio-s-Educator-Standards/Rev_TeachingProfession_aug10.pdf 5. State of Ohio Learning Standards; Ohio Learning Standards: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards

6. State of Ohio Reading Core requirement - 4-course/12-semester hour sequence for reading aligned to the Ohio Learning Standards; Reading Core: https://www.ohiohighered.org/content/ohio_educator_licensure_programs_standards_requirements_chart

7. Inclusion of the International Dyslexia Association Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading; IDA Standards: https://app.box.com/s/k77gltlwlwqawgdbdyywjwehzoa1pah2 8. The Council for Exceptional Children; CEC Standards: https://www.cec.sped.org/Standards

9. Alignment to the Ohio Transfer Policy and Education Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs)

10. Ohio Preparation Requirements for the following distinct areas; Ohio Program Requirements: https://www.ohiohighered.org/content/ohio_educator_licensure_programs_standards_requirements_chart#ECE

a. Resident Educator License

b. Ohio School Operating Standards (OAC Chapter 3301-35)

c. Ohio Value-Added Progress Dimension

d. Ohio Teacher Evaluation System

e. Ohio Standards for Professional Development

f. Preparation in Effective Methods of Instruction for Individuals with Dyslexia

g. Opioid Education

h. Alignment to the Core Administrative Requirements

11. A minimum of 100 hours of supervised fieldwork prior to the student teaching internship

12. A minimum 12-week student teaching internship

13. Content knowledge to cover the following assessments Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE): http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Licensure/Prepare-for-Certificate-License/Educator-Licensure-Examinations/Educator-Licensure-Testing-Requirements.pdf.aspx

a. Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 001: Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK): Early Childhood (PK-3)

b. Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 012: Early Childhood Education Content Knowledge

c. Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 090: Foundations of Reading


For more information visit: https://education-human-services.wright.edu/teacher-education/bachelor-of-science-in-education-in-early-childhood-education



Program Requirements:

Pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) licensure exams and education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) for program completion.

Pass all program key assessments, earn grades of “C” or better in all ECE courses, and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to progress to the next semester.

Earn acceptable ratings on all dispositional checks throughout the program.

Resolve any concern conferences.

I. Wright State University Core: 41 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Awareness: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Choose One: Select Any

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

IV. Professional Education Core: 39 Hours

VI. Electives: 2 Hours

Two hours of elective coursework

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.