AA in Early Childhood Development

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development requires a minimum of 61 semester hours distributed through the curriculum.

The goal of Ohio Christian University’s Early Childhood Development program, leading to an Associate of Arts degree, is to graduate competent, caring, and qualified teachers for public and private child care settings. The program integrates a Christian worldview and constructivist philosophy of education. For those who desire to work with young children to an extent beyond babysitting, and yet do not desire a four year teacher education degree, this program is an excellent alternative. In the event that a four year degree is eventually sought, OCU’s Early Childhood Development program can be applied to an OCU teacher education degree.


TE147 Educational Technology 2 hours

This course is a study of the various technologies available for classroom use and their adaptation to the promotion of learning. Students will learn both the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.

Offered every semester.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 hours

LA101 English Composition I 3 hours

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 hours

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 hours

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 hours

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 hours

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PS100 Student Success 1 hour

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

SO100 Worldviews 3 hours

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

Elective Humanities Elective 3 hours

RELIGION - 7 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 hours

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 hours

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 hours

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 18 Credits

TE204 Teaching Literature for Very Young Children 3 hours

This course is foundational for the Early Childhood Development program in providing candidates background, theory, and practice in the areas of children’s literature for young children and the use of it in early literacy experiences for young readers and writers. A field experience component is required.

Offered on demand.

TE218 Teaching Art in Early Childhood 3 hours

This course introduces teacher education students to contemporary philosophies of art education and basic art concepts as they relate to early childhood learners. The course is also designed to provide experience for the pre-service teacher in use of materials, processes, and curricula appropriate for early childhood. Field projects may be used to demonstrate integration of these concepts into the elementary curriculum.

Offered fall, even years.

TE311 Teaching Music in Early Childhood 3 hours

The basics of music learning theory are explored, while emphasis is placed on current methodology and techniques. Field projects may be used to demonstrate integration of these concepts into the elementary curriculum.

Offered fall, odd years.

TE423 Teaching the Exceptional Child 3 hours

The study of students with exceptional attributes from giftedness to those with behavioral difficulties, and/or developmental delays; the study of English language learners is also included.

TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching

Offered every fall.