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Bachelor of Science in

Early Childhood Education



Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) egree in Early Childhood Education is a residential program that will prepare you to become an effective and successful teacher for young children. You will benefit from our diverse program that focuses on the three segments of teaching - general education, specialized subject area education and professional education. Through this integrated approach, you will graduate with comprehensive teaching knowledge and preparedness.

In the Early Childhood Education major you will focus on the psychosocial, cognitive, symbol and creative growth and development of children from birth to eight years old and you will also participate in a ten hour practicum on infant and toddler development.

If you decide that ORU’s Early Childhood Education major is for you, the first step is to be admitted to the Professional Education Program before you have completed 75 hours in your degree. All ORU Education majors working toward a standard teaching certificate need to be in this program as a prerequisite to student teaching. As an ORU Early Childhood major, you will earn a license in your chosen field and may also choose one or two areas of concentration including English as a second language or special education mild-moderate disabilities.

We are committed to your growth and want to see you fulfill the amazing plans God has for you as a teacher in public, private, Christian, or home school. We believe that our Early Childhood Education major will help get you there.

When you choose the early childhood education major at ORU, you will earn a licensure in your selected field and you will also get to choose one of two different areas of concentration: English as a second language or special education mild-moderate disabilities.

English as a Second Language Concentration Course Offerings

If you select this concentration, you will 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.

  • TESL Methods
  • TESL Assessment
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

Special Education Concentration Course Offerings

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

  • 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

What can I do with a degree from ORU in Early Childhood Development?

Teach! Over the next decade, America’s Schools will need over 2 million teachers. You are so needed!

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • 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


What makes ORU’s Early Childhood Education program stand out?

Not only will you will receive a diverse, comprehensive God-centered education, but you will also be led by a team of professors who are second to none. Together, we will strive for excellence and ensure you are equipped to bring light into whatever classroom you step into. The experience you will receive at ORU will train you for the classroom and the world.

In Early Childhood Education at ORU, we feel strongly in our Unit Theme (to be transformed by the renewing of our minds- Romans 12:2), Unit Mission (to go into every person’s world), and Unit Vision (to produce lasting fruit John 15:16) to provide a firm foundation for the department. These core values of our program keep us running toward our goal and united in our cause.

What about accreditation? 

As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

The ORU College of Education is accredited by the following associations:

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

ORU College of Education Holmes Scholars program is a partnership between ORU College of Education and AACTE Holmes Scholars® that has been established to support Quest scholarship awarded doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in education.

The AACTE Holmes Scholars program will provide mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities. Scholars will become or are candidates for faculty and leadership positions in teacher education, field specializations, or educational research.

By partnering with the AACTE Holmes Scholars program, ORU COE aims to strengthen our support of the promotion of diversity within the professional community and prepare educators to serve diverse learners.


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

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