Early Childhood Education
Do you love babies and young children?
Do you feel called to teach?
Like William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not about filling a bucket; it’s about lighting a fire.”
The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education prepares students for certification in early childhood educational programs serving children from conception through grade 2. Teaching young children can provide a solid foundation for the rest of their lives, as they learn how to relate to others, develop motor skills, and begin training their brains how to learn (and love learning).
Calling + Passion
Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It requires tenacity, integrity, and perseverance. It demands a compassionate heart, willing mind, and competent hands. It requires passion, intelligence, and, most importantly, a calling. Teaching is its own form of ministry, and it must come from the fire God lights in your heart, rather than outside pressures or persuasion. Teaching is more than a job; it is a calling because it involves the difficult and rewarding
challenge of helping students become better people. The professors at OKWU encourage students to find their passion, and if you love young children, then the Early Childhood Education major might be for you.
The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized early childhood education courses.
One special thing about OKWU’s Education program is the amount of real-life practice we afford students. These hands-on experience gives students the opportunity to start early, even as early as their first freshman semester. From field-observations to practicums, every lesson is designed to equip teachers to be most effective in their field. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in a lower-level elementary classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher at a local school.
Some of the classes a Early Childhood Education major will take include:
- Conversational Spanish
- Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
- Tests and Measurements
- Creative Experiences in Elementary Schools
- Reading Foundations and Process
- Children’s Literature
- Classroom Management… and more!
OKWU is regionally accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Teacher Education Program at OKWU is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Furthermore, the Teacher Education Program is approved by the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) and by the Oklahoma State Department of Education for teacher education on the elementary, middle school, and secondary levels. The Education department is nationally recognized and respected. To ensure that our students become certified, effective educators, we (and the state of Oklahoma) require passing scores on the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT), and Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OPTE).
Building Effective Educators with a Christian Perspective with TOWER
T – Theory-Based Practices
O – On-Site Experiences
W – World View
E – Expertise in Content
R – Reflective Teaching
Everything we do revolves around our four pillars of OKWU’s mission: The Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. Our graduates encapsulate these values and are thoroughly equipped to pass them on to the next generation.
School of Education Faculty
Click here to learn about the faculty members teaching the next generation of teachers.
Early Childhood Education Degree Plan
Click here to go to the OKWU course catalog, which outlines course descriptions, teacher certification requirements, and degree plans for all majors. Information about the School of Education begins on page 128, and the early childhood education degree plan begins on page 141.