Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The College of Education at ORU is committed to providing the opportunity for individuals responding to the call of God to become professional "transformed Christian educators." Offering a diverse but cohesive teacher education program that integrates three essential segments of teacher preparation-- general education, specialized subject area education and professional education-- students acquire comprehensive teaching preparation.

All students who wish to major in education or obtain a standard teaching certificate must be admitted to the Professional Education Program. For those students majoring in education or seeking a standard teaching certificate, admission to the program is a prerequisite for approval to student teach. Education majors must be admitted before they have competed 75 hours toward their education degree.

In the early childhood education major students focus on the psychosocial, cognitive, symbol and creative growth and development of children from birth to age 8. Included in this concentration is a focused study incorporating a 10-hour practicum on infant and toddler development emphasizing parent and caregiver practices. Students choosing the early childhood education major at ORU earn a licensure in their selected field and also choose one of two different areas of concentration: English as a second language or special education mild-moderate disabilities.

Early Childhood Education Major Course Offerings
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Physical Development
  • Symbol Development and Creativity
  • Psychosocial Development and Guidance of the Young Child
  • Cognitive Development of the Young Child with Practicum
  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Elementary Reading Methods with Practicum
  • Literacy Assessment with Clinical Experience
  • Concentration and Professional Education classes
Areas of Concentration
English as a Second Language Concentration

Students selecting this concentration study the basic principles of language learning and teaching, including a comparison of first and second language acquisition, instructional and learner variables and methodological implications.

English as a Second Language Concentration Course Offerings

  • TESL Methods
  • TESL Assessment
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
Special Education Concentration

The special education concentration acquaints the student with different exceptionalities served in schools. Students choosing this concentration focus on assessment procedures, placement, methods, materials and teaching strategies.

Special Education Concentration Course Offerings

  • Assessment and Program Planning
  • Parents and Families of Students with Special Needs
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Methods, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities
  • Issues, Trends and Curriculum Modification in Special Education
ORU Distinguishing Features

Unit Theme
Transformed Educators ". . . be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind . . ." Romans 12:2. The ORU College of Education is dedicated to producing "Transformed Educators." The school desires to develop and train future educators as teachers, principals, superintendents and other professional school personnel who have been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ and who demonstrate the character and dispositions of Christian values, ethics and moral integrity. The College of Education also desires to develop students as transformed professional educators who know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical and professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn and to be educational leaders.
Unit Vision
Transforming Society, The Miracle Ahead, A Transformed Generation "Ye have not chosen me ... I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain."- John 15:16. As a student in this program, you will be trained on how to become an education professional who will go into every person's world....into public, private, Christian and home schools as a transformed educator. Transformed educators will make such an impact that they will be catalysts for transforming society, which in turn will help transform the next generation.
Unit Mission
Preparing Professional Christian Educators to go into Every Person's World
You will be trained, alongside of other Individuals who hold Christian principles, by participating in initial and advanced study that prepares you for professional public and private responsibilities in the field of education throughout the world.

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Learning from top-notch professors with a variety of educational experiences...being challenged to continually strive for excellence ...experiencing real life classroom procedures and activities... developing a surplus of resources to draw on throughout your career.


Become a teacher. Help transform lives.
The National Center for Educational Statistics states that America's schools will need at least two million additional teachers in the next decade. You are needed now, more than ever. The world is waiting for educators who have developed a Christian worldview and who will have an impact in education whether it is in public, private or Christian schools; preschool, elementary, secondary or postsecondary higher education. As an educator you truly do touch the future. Come be a part of the ORU College of Education and touch the future as a transformed Christian educator.

Degree Plan with English as a Second Language

Degree Plan with Special Education


Linda G. Dunham, Ed.D.
Chair of the Undergraduate College of Education