Oklahoma State University is No. 7 nationally among the 25 Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Programs for 2019, Bachelor's Degree Center (BDC) recently announced. The College of Human Sciences and the Department of Human Development and Family Science are home to the early childhood education program.
“Our Early Childhood Education program includes over 1,200 hours of time in classrooms for children ages six weeks through third grade by the time of graduation,” program coordinator and Ramona Ware Emmons Paul Professor in Early Childhood Dr. Amy Williamson Payton said. “We have a 100 percent employment rate for our graduates, a warm and welcoming faculty and a cohort model that allows students to work closely with the same peers throughout the program.”
OSU’s early childhood education program is the not only the highest ranked program in Oklahoma but also among four universities from the Big 12 Conference included in the top 25. A free guide to traditional and online bachelor’s programs in all disciplines, BDC considered all traditional early childhood education programs with accreditations from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for this ranking. Programs in early childhood education were ranked according to cost, employment rate, graduation rate, reputation (based on student reviews) and salary expectation.
“It is vital to provide the preparation that helps future teachers understand the developmental and educational needs of young children. Our early childhood education students have the opportunity to learn, explore, and apply skills as they progress in their professional roles,” Human Development and Family Science Department Head Dr. Sissy Osteen said. “Quality faculty and a caring environment influence the development of our students and the children who attend the Child Development Lab.”
OSU is one of only a few to offer a development learning lab – the Cleo L. Craig Child Development Laboratory (CDL) – for early childhood education students and for other programs across campus. The CDL is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a distinction less than 10 percent of all preschools, kindergartens and child care centers have earned.