UC Clermont

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science

Why study Early Childhood Education?

Education is the profession of teaching. Early childhood education concentrates on preschool and kindergarten through 5th grades.

Preschool children learn mainly through play and interactive activities. Their teachers capitalize on play to further language and vocabulary development, improve social skills and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts. Thus, a less structured approach is adopted, including small group lessons, one-on-one instruction and learning through creative activities such as art, dance and music.

Play and hands-on teaching are also used by kindergarten teachers, but academics begin to take priority in kindergarten. Letter recognition, phonics, numbers and awareness of nature and science, introduced at the preschool level, are taught primarily in kindergarten. Primary-school teachers provide a solid foundation for future studies.

Preschool, kindergarten and primary-school teachers introduce children to mathematics, language, science and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers and other tools to teach basic skills. They play a vital role in their students’ development. What children learn and experience during their early years will shape their views of themselves and the world, and can affect their later success in their school, work and personal lives.

A bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum educational requirement for entering the teaching profession. This program provides you with the first two years toward completion of your bachelor’s degree.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

You must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. You must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students. Flexibility and adaptability are important. You should also be organized, dependable, patient and creative. You must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and community members. You must enjoy play. Respect for children and patience are crucial characteristics.

With your bachelor’s degree and proper licensing, your employment opportunities include the following:

  • preschool teacher
  • kindergarten teacher
  • primary grade-school teacher
  • day-care director

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

We also maintain close ties with area school administrators through the Educational Advisory Committee (representatives from the classroom, pupil personnel, counselors and county board of education offices).

Ties to our local community are also strengthened by the service learning component added to most education courses. You will provide valued assistance in area schools as you connect learned academic theory to real-world experiences.

For information about teaching in the state of Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.

UC Clermont's Academic Success Center is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

We accept transfer applications all year long, and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Admissions
Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319
clermont.admissions@uc.edu

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Program Code: 34ASC-ECE-AS