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Early Childhood Education, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Dayton, OH, United States
As an early childhood education major, you'll inspire children to love school — and ignite a lifelong passion for learning from the beginning of their education. Our program integrates early childhood courses with information about children with special learning needs, hands-on experience and constant support from your University of Dayton community. When you graduate, you'll earn your teaching license and be prepared to teach grades prekindergarten through three (ages three through eight).
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  • As an early childhood education major, you'll become an expert in the early childhood principles set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Division of Early Childhood and the Council for Exceptional Children. By graduation, you'll be able to develop active learning environments for children across all subject areas while focusing on diversity, pluralistic learning, family values and pluralistic domains.
  • As part of the academic program, you'll also have the opportunity to specialize your studies through a focus area. These areas include endorsements, certificates and concentrations in prekindergarten special needs, young catechetical leaders, sign language (a partnership with Sinclair Community College), education abroad, leadership, administration and advocacy, Urban Teacher Academy, early intervention birth to age three, foreign language, middle childhood content area concentration, or a self-designed focus area.
  • Firsthand teaching experiences begin your first year — many of them in our state-of-the-art Bombeck Family Learning Center on the University of Dayton campus.
  • In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • EDT 109Personal Aspects of Teaching1
  • EDT 110The Profession of Teaching 13
  • EDT 110LThe Profession of Teaching Laboratory0
  • EDT 211Child Development: Birth to Age Eight 13
  • EDT 211LChild Development: Birth to Age Eight Laboratory1
  • EDT 212Early Childhood Theory and Practice 1,23
  • EDT 212LEarly Childhood Theory and Practice Laboratory0
  • EDT 305Philosophy and History of American Education (Satisfies CAP Practical Ethical Action and Advanced Study in Philosophy)3
  • EDT 313Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Preschool 1,33
  • EDT 313LDevelopmentally Appropriate Practice for Preschool Laboratory1
  • EDT 317Integrating the Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum 32
  • EDT 340Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings (Satisfies CAP Integrative and Diversity and Social Justice) 13
  • EDT 340LEducating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings Laboratory0
  • EDT 341Language Development and Emergent Literacy3
  • EDT 344Collaboration with Families, Professionals and Agencies3
  • EDT 350Foundations of Literacy through Literature3
  • EDT 412Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Mathematics for Early Childhood 33
  • EDT 413Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Social Studies for Early Childhood 32
  • EDT 414Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Science for Early Childhood 33
  • EDT 415Working with Young Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 1,32-3
  • EDT 415LEarly Childhood Primary (K-3) Field Internship 31-2
  • EDT 416Early Childhood Capstone Seminar (Satisfies CAP Capstone)3
  • EDT 450Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary3
  • EDT 453Introduction to Literacy for Early Childhood3
  • EDT 454Methods of Literacy for Early Childhood 3

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Undergraduate International AdmissionInternational students applying for first-year or transfer admission to the University of Dayton must submit the following documents:
  • Application, including the essay. International students may complete either the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Official copy of secondary transcripts (in language of original issue) of all previously attended secondary schools, including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, grades earned and marks achieved on examinations; any transcripts not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • TOEFL score (or equivalent).
  • F-1 and J-1 students must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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