AS in Early Childhood Development

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Development requires a minimum of 62 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.


Elective Humanities Elective 3 credits

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

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 credits

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.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

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.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

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.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

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.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

PS213 (ECE213) Child Development 3 credits

Child development is viewed as a dynamic, challenging, complex and multifaceted area of inquiry. Understanding of the early years of psychological development supports and guides professional practice in numerous fields relating to children. Examination is made of developmental theory and research from pre-birth to the end of childhood, as well as the topics of emotional, language and cognitive development, family and environmental influences, relationships and gender roles and more. Learners will have opportunity to consider application of course content to current and future professional roles.

PS102 General Psychology

Offered spring, even years.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

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.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

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

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

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.

RELIGION - 7 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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

TE202 (ECE202) Introduction to Child Development Associate Credentialing 3 credits

Students who are interested in receiving the CDA certificate will be introduced to the process of achieving the credential which includes hours of professional experience, a professional portfolio, the CDA Observation and CDA exam, with a fee. For more information for CDA Credential requirements, you may visit


Offered every fall.

TE250 (ECE250) Teaching the Exceptional Child 3 credits

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.

For TE250 only: TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching

Offered every fall.