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Oklahoma State University

Early Childhood Education

What You Will Learn

This degree program emphasizes child development as a foundation for the study and practice of professional education of children from birth through age eight. The program prepares you to design, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate curricula for young children. You will take courses in history and theory, curriculum, and observation and assessment. You will also complete a field experience (i.e., student teaching) in early childhood education as part of the program's requirements.

Career Opportunities

This degree program prepares graduates for careers as early childhood classroom teachers. More specifically, the early childhood education teacher certification program provides professional preparation for individuals to teach infants through third grade.

An early childhood education (ECE) certificate is required to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade in Oklahoma public schools. All students completing the early childhood education degree program must meet Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma professional education requirements.

The OSU Distinction

The Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation program has been granted approval by the Oklahoma State Board of Education. In addition, the Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


The Early Childhood Education Club (ECE Club) is a department club that provides opportunities for students to interact with others pursuing early childhood certification and to further professional growth as teachers of young children.

A required professional field placement provides valuable teaching experience prior to graduation.


  • Hayley Goodman, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher - Carver Early Childhood Center (Enid, OK)
  • Heather Goodacre, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher - Broken Arrow Public Schools (Broken Arrow, OK); watch Heather's video
  • Ramona Ware Emmons Paul, former Assistant State Superintendent – Oklahoma State Department of Education (Oklahoma City, OK)


Students in the program gain hands-on teaching experience in the department’s Child Development Laboratory which is licensed by the state of Oklahoma and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


While there are no national rankings available for the early childhood education program, graduates seeking positions have a 100% hire rate.