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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.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Type Course Title Credits
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society 3
  ECED 10120 Introduction to Early Childhood Services 2
    20163 Understanding Young Children 3
    30123 Language and Literacy for the Preschool Child 3
    30134 Integrated Expressive Arts and Social Studies in Preschool 3
    30142 Partnerships and Guidance Preschool 3
    30144 Integrated Curriculum for Social Studies 3
    30147 Early Experiences in Mathematics and Science 3
    30164 Preschool Education  3
    40105 Appropriate Phonics for Kindergarten and Primary Children 3
    40107 Teaching Mathematics: Early Years I 3
    40114 Teaching Science in Early Years    3
    40123 Critical Inquiry into Integrated Curriculum in Primary Years 3
    40125 Inquiry into Professional Practice 3
WIC   40126 Developmental Reading and Writing: Early Years** 3
    40127 Developing a Balanced Literacy Program 3
    40128 Integrated Field Experience 3
ELR   40142 Home-School-Community Partnerships in Diverse Contexts 3
    40145 Music and Rhythms in Preprimary Education 3
    40147 Teaching Mathematics: Early Years II 3
    40165 Integrated Application of Preschool Curriculum 3
ELR   40192 Internship Preschool 6
ELR   40292 Internship in Kidergarten/Primary 12
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10001 Human Biology 3
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communications 3
KMC MATH 14001 Basic Mathematics Concepts I *** 4
KAD   14002 Basic Mathematics Concepts II *** 4
  Choose from the following: 3
KSS GEOG 10160 Introduction to Geography (3)  
  17063 World Geography (3)  
  17064 Geography of the United States and Canada (3)  
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two curricular areas) 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include a laboratory) 3-4

* All courses within the Major Program Requirements must be earned with a minimum C (2.000) grade.
** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement
*** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned.

Special Major Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 128 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

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.