Early Childhood Education

Research has proven that high-quality early education programs produce the greatest success in children’s life-long academic and social success. Miami University’s ECE program endeavors to produce passionate teachers who can deliver high-quality developmentally appropriate instruction to help children to meet these goals.

Our teacher education program gives you more classroom experiences than most programs at other universities. We utilize a cohort-based approach to teaching methods and pedagogy, with courses on teaching reading, language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies as well as courses that help you learn to teach students with special needs.

Course Requirements

Advantages of Miami’s Early Childhood Education Program:

• The program is designed for you to complete in 4 years. You will have your teaching license at the end of your program and will be prepared to immediately enter the field of education.

• Miami is known for providing personal attention to each student. Small classes provide opportunities to get to know our dedicated and excellent faculty members both inside and outside the classroom (Link to Faculty)

• Our program offers an intense practice-based curriculum where students engage in over 700 hours of field experience, starting as early as your sophomore year.

• Our program prepares you to teach all types of learners in your classroom. Additional opportunities are available to get an even more in-depth understanding--including a TELLs (Teaching English Language Learners) certificate.

• Technology integration not only enhances our students' learning experiences on campus, but also provides opportunities to implement strategies in the field classrooms. TeachLive, etutoring, and Project Backpack are some of the innovative technology tools our students use.

• We offer a special program for students interested in teaching young children in urban school settings. The award-winning Urban Teaching Cohort provides an alternative experience for interested students.

• Our program is not only focused on education in the United States, but also provides numerous international opportunities that inspire global engagement.

Program Admission and Licensure Information

Students declare a pre-major in a Teacher Education program at the time of university admission or as soon as possible. After meeting the criteria of acceptance, students apply for an ECE cohort—a group of students selected to experience methods courses and field experiences together.

Miami's Department of Teacher Education is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. While Miami participates in licensure of teachers through an interstate agreement, if you are planning to teach in another state, you should contact that state's certification office so you can apply for certification or licensure in that state.