Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Associates


Graduates with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education are early childhood educators who can work with, and meet the needs of, families and children from preschool through elementary-aged students. They may serve as child-care administrators, head teachers in day care and Head Start programs, family child-care providers, and family advocates and parent educators in community service agencies.
They also meet the requirements of the federal legislation, which require that paraprofessionals in public schools have a minimum of two years of college. Students who earn their associate degree are eligible to apply to earn their bachelor's degree and earn teaching licenses in both elementary education for PK through grade 5 and special education for PK through grade 5.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the associate degree, students in Inclusive Early Childhood Education are expected to be able to:

  • Create, teach and assess child-centered, constructivist learning experiences for all children in inclusive and diverse classrooms;
  • Engage and collaborate with families, communities and other professionals to support the learning and development of all young children;
  • Teach and nurture young children based on knowledge of typical and atypical child development, educational psychology and diversity in our society;
  • Act as inclusive early childhood professionals who are continuous, collaborative and reflective learners, who act using ethical guidelines, and who advocate for all young children and their families.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2020-21.

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Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program requires professional licensure.

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Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.