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Early Childhood Education - B.S.E. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580


The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (ECED) focuses on professional preparation and application of current theory, methods and practices for future teachers of pre-K-3 classrooms. Students form a cohort and complete the five-block sequence of courses while gaining teaching experiences linked to coursework. All student complete field and practicum experiences in diverse settings, including urban and inclusive programs, and accumulate approximately 1200 clock hours of field experience in preschool, kindergarten and primary classrooms. Upon successful completion of the program and passing the State of Ohio Assessment Test, student are eligible for Ohio licensure in Early Childhood, which is "valid for teaching children who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted, and who have mild/moderate educational needs.

The curriculum leads to the Ohio license valid for teaching in settings for children age three through grade three.

After completing a lengthy holistic self study, the program was updated to reflect the changing nature of teaching due to globalization. Newly developed courses and renewed content reflect program area goals to be the first U.S. university to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) recognition award at the undergraduate level.

Career Opportunities

Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 4.0 million jobs in 2006. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 674,000 are middle school teachers, 437,000 are preschool teachers, and 170,000 are kindergarten teachers. The vast majority work in elementary and secondary schools. Preschool teachers, except special education, are most often employed in child daycare services (59 percent), public and private educational services (16 percent), and religious organizations (15 percent). Employment of teachers is geographically distributed much the same as the population. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Changing trends in American and international contexts reflect a growing population diversity. As such, schools that serve young children and their families find themselves increasingly challenged to meet the needs of their student’s learning. To be competitive and current an increasing number of schools in the U.S. have adopted the International Baccalaureate primary years model from which to teach. Globally, the International Baccalaureate school model is a highly sought curriculum model. Teachers will find that preparation for this prestigious award is valued throughout Europe, Canada, parts of the Middle East and Asia and in a quickly growing number of public and private schools through the Americas.

Admission Requirements

As part of an enrollment management plan, early childhood majors are admitted to the program on a selective basis. A maximum of 100 students will be admitted to this program each academic year. A minimum ACT composite score of 21 (980 SAT combined critical reading and math score) OR a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average and all 16 of the recommended college preparatory units is required. Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study and have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA in all previous undergraduate coursework. Because of the instituted enrollment management plan, meeting the above requirements does not automatically provide students admittance to the early childhood education major. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based upon the number of available student spaces, students’ standardized test scores, essay, interview and cumulative GPA. Students should contact the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire into the procedures associated with admission to advanced study and selective admission to the early childhood education program. Students transferring from another university should meet with an academic advisor in 304 White Hall at least one semester prior to transferring.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 128 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of  C (2.000) grade is required in some courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Student Organizations

Kent Student Education Association; Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching  (Kent State Affiliated Program)

Advanced Degree Programs

Early Childhood Education (M.A., M.Ed. and M.A.T.)