Early childhood education offers opportunities for challenging and diverse career paths for professionals seeking to make positive differences in the lives of young children and their families.
Traditional careers in early childhood lead to teaching where degree recipients design group programs that support and promote children's intellectual, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development and learning. Early childhood professionals make complex decisions regarding developmentally appropriate practices and family relations.
Students majoring in early childhood education receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree and are eligible to apply for an Oklahoma Teaching License. Upon completion of a successful residency year, they are eligible to apply for a Standard Early Childhood Certificate for grades pre-k through 3rd.
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), the state's oldest preparer of educators, began as the Territorial Normal School in 1980, one year after the opening of Native American lands for settlement and seventeen years prior to Oklahoma's statehood in 1907. The Territorial Normal School has undergone much growth and six name changes to become a university enrolling nearly 16,000 students in undergraduate and graduate program, the state's largest public regional university.
From mentor teachers: "When I have a choice, I always ask for student teachers from UCO. They are always so well prepared."
From student teachers: "All of us were talking about how awesome our student teaching experience has been."
From principals: "The time you spend with your students shows when they student teach."
Also see the suggested schedule. For more information regarding the requirements for the B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, please view the current undergraduate catalog.
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Nigh University Center, Room 121K
Department of Curriculum and Instruction:
Chambers Library, Room 124