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Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

The B.S. in Early Childhood Education draws courses from across the University to prepare teacher candidates interested in working with children, ages birth to grade 3, in educational settings. Coursework spans the disciplines of English literature and composition; history; fine and performing arts; mathematics; natural sciences; social sciences; human growth and development; and educational foundations, technology, assessment, theory, and methods.

Early Childhood Education (B.S.)


Description


What is Early Childhood Education at ODU like?

The B.S. in Early Childhood Education draws courses from across the University to prepare teacher candidates interested in working with children, ages birth to grade 3, in educational settings. Coursework spans the disciplines of English literature and composition; history; fine and performing arts; mathematics; natural sciences; social sciences; human growth and development; and educational foundations, technology, assessment, theory, and methods.

Program Highlights


What makes Early Childhood Education at ODU unique?

  • Robust field experience

  • Small class sizes

  • VCCS transfer with Guaranteed Admission agreements

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$57,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$33,590

MEDIAN SALARY


Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Early Childhood Education at ODU?

TLED 338:
Integrated Methods and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed: Birth-Pre-K


This course examines the development of curriculum and instructional practices for children in infant, toddler, and preschool settings. The course will focus on the principles and methods of understanding and working with the young child across the content areas of early mathematics, science, literacy, social studies, and the arts. Course includes a 40 hour practicum placement in an early care classroom. Prerequisites: TLED 330.

TLED 301:
Foundations and Introduction to Assessment of Education


Introduces the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations and contemporary issues of American public education. Includes the use and analysis of assessment data and the construction and interpretation of assessments. Students are expected independently to register for and take the Praxis Core examination while enrolled in this course. Students in PreK-6 programs will complete a 15 hour observation/participation experience in a primary setting |preK-3) and a 15 hour observation/participation experience in an upper elementary |4-6) setting; students in 6-12 or 6-8 programs will complete a 30 hour observation/participation experience in an appropriate 6-12 setting. Prerequisites: sophomore standing.

TLED 425:
Creating and Managing Learning Environments


This class will meet at Richard Bowling Elementary School. 2700 East Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, VA 23504. Practicum will occur during class times.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Early Childhood Education at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Early Childhood Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Admittance to the early childhood education program requires that the teacher candidate:

 

  • Be a declared B.S. in early childhood education student

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75

  • Have a 2.75 GPA in core and major courses

  • Have no grade below a C- in any course required in the program

  • Submit an application for admittance that is approved by the program and the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Kristine Sunday


Location:

3135 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5330


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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