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ECE Program Outcomes

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) field-based licensure program prepares undergraduates and postbaccalaureate P-5 candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to successfully meet the educational needs of young children. The program is designed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) initial accreditation standards, CAEP standards for grades K6, and ODE requirements.

In order to be licensed to teach in Ohio, candidates are required to pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators. The Ohio Assessments for Educators assesses the content-area and 105 the professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licensure or adding a new licensure area. The assessments are aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards. Candidates must also take the Foundations of Reading test as part of the OAE battery. See the Ohio Department of Education website for a complete list of tests, qualifying scores, and registration information.

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Credentials You Can Count On

Notre Dame College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a degree-granting institution. Our academic programs are accredited by some of the most respected organizations of higher education in the country.

The education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Founding institution of the American Council on Education.
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
The Notre Dame College Elementary/Intermediate Classroom Teacher Program has earned the ILA National Recognition for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals.

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