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The AUM Early Childhood Education program is a terrific opportunity for adult students to enter a program in which they can earn two credentials: a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Early Childhood license.

  • Learn with faculty who have real-world teaching experience
  • Study in a team approach with adult learners
  • Attend School of Education classes on weekday evenings
  • Complete your Bachelor of Arts degree through our Early Childhood Education major
  • Earn an Ohio teaching license to work with students pre-school through Grade 3

Areas of employment using your Early Childhood Education major include:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Pre-kindergarten – Third Grade Teacher in Public Schools

With the addition of a Reading Endorsement, graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will be eligible to be a Title I teacher in Grades K-12.



  • Based on transcript evaluation a maximum of 24 credits in general education credits is required.
  • GNED-3210 Experience and Expression (3)
  • GNED-3250 Modes and Methods of Learning (3)
  • GNED-3310 Literary Analysis and Argumentation (3)
  • GNED-3350 Culture, Conflict, and Social Research (3)
  • GNED-3450 Foundations of Civilization (3)
  • GNED-3510 Ecology, Technology, and Society (3)
  • GNED-3550 Leadership (3)

Major Requirements (46 credits)

  • ECE-3000 Introduction to the Profession (2)
  • ECE-3100 Foundations of Education (3)
  • ECE-3200 Whole Child Development and Learning (4)
  • ECE-3300 Planning and Assessment for Student Learning (6)
  • ECE-3400 Learning Environments and Social Interactions (4)
  • ECE-3500 Integrated Content Area Methods (4)
  • ECE-3800 Clinical I: Internship (1)
  • RLE-5151 Foundations for Reading Instruction (3)
  • RLE-5251 Phonics (3)
  • RLE-5351 Reading Assessment (3)
  • RLE-5451 Content Literacy (3)
  • ECE-4000 Clinical II: Student Teaching (10)
GNED-3210 Experience and Expression
Students discover the uniqueness of each human life by reading, comparing and comparing life stories about transformative experiences. They learn to write in their own voice from their own life experience employing rhetorical modes such as narration, description, example, comparison and contrast, process analysis, classification, cause and effect, and argument and persuasion. Students develop a new view of the world, of themselves, and of their interconnectedness to others.

GNED-3250 Modes & Methods of Learning
This course shows ways to identify and apply diverse modes of learning to achieve ends such as acquiring knowledge of self and world, solving problems, producing works of art, or engaging in public speaking. Students learn to distinguish facts from values, intuition from logic, imagination from objective representation, beliefs from arguments, synthesis from analysis, and qualitative from quantitative reasoning. They practice selfawareness and employ evidence and logic as foundations of inquiry.

GNED-3310 Literary Analysis & Argument
Students travel the world in literature to explore ideas, passions, and the lives of people in other times and places.Discussions focus on viewpoints and aims of characters, narrative techniques, cultural contexts, and intentionality in reading and writing. Students refine their ability to read closely and critically and to analyze literary texts using a variety of academic approaches. They learn both how to construct analytical arguments about literary themes and how this skill can be transferred to other professional situations. Prerequisite: GNED-3210

GNED-3350 Culture, Conflict & Social Research
Introduces students to the historic and cultural origins of contemporary conflicts and the attitudes and institutions that perpetuate them. They learn methods of research that can effectively address the issues and questions that arise in conflict situations. Students learn how to pose productive questions, formulate hypotheses, design logical and effective research strategies, address issues of reliability and validity, and observe ethical protocols. They each conduct and compose a modest research project and make an oral presentation according to professional standards.Prerequisite: GNED-3250

GNED-3450 Foundations of Civilization
This course focuses on understanding differences between cultures and civilizations, including how both evolve from specific environmental conditions, and are shaped to address local challenges. This course examines the religious, economic, and political systems in such foundational zones as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, India and China, and Greece and Rome.

GNED-3510 Ecology, Technology & Society
The course explores the concept of Leadership as science, as art, and as service. In the process of studying cases of successful and failed leadership the course requires students to reflect on how to make their lives meaningful and productive through the cultivation and exercise of leadership skills. They learn how to employ creative means to achieve constructive ends and how, in the process, to serve with integrity as they draw upon the capacities of diverse human resources and deploy the skills of community building.