The Early Childhood Education (ECED) program and faculty have a national reputation for their contributions to the field of Early Education. The Ohio license is for teaching children in preschool through grade 5. Our program places a strong emphasis on field experience. With this program, students complete student teaching experiences in both pre-k and grades K-5.


The ECED program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Ohio's State Department of Education. Kent State Universities' Early Childhood program received International Baccalaureate recognition (IB) in the summer of 2012. In addition to the ECED license in the state of Ohio, the student will receive the IB certificate if they are in the catalog year 2011. Ohio license is recognized by many other states in the U.S. For reciprocity agreements contact the Vacca Office of Student Services.

Licensure & Endorsements

ECED second license and additional endorsement seekers: Additional licensure in Early Childhood Education, Generalist Endorsement (grades 4-5), and Pre-Kindergarten Endorsements at the graduate level are available. AN ADVISING PROSPECTUS must be created and on file with the Vacca Office of Student Services, the Office of Graduate Student Services, and your advisor in order for us to assist you with receiving the proper credentialing at the end of your coursework. To create a graduate second license or endorsement prospectus please contact

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program area includes courses of study that are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Early Childhood students and alumnae

Five Words

"Impactful... authentic... adventurous... collaborative." Hear what Kent State Early Childhood Education students and alumni have to say about this program.

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Contact Information

Dr. Julia Stoll
Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator

Erin Harwood
Graduate Advisor

Shannon Logsdon
Undergraduate & Transfer Advisor