Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECED) program and faculty have a national reputation for their contributions to the field of Early Education. Early childhood education spans birth to age eight. The Ohio license is for teaching children age three to eight, preschool through primary. Our program places a strong emphasis on field experience. With this program, students complete student teaching experiences in both pre-k and grades K-3.

Read what alumni and current graduate students in Early Childhood have to say about our program.

  • Upon earning the Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree at Kent State, students have earned the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning as well as their Ohio teaching license. The Certificate in Teaching and Learning can also be earned as a postundergraduate stand-alone certificate, or as part of the Early Childhood M.Ed. or MAT degree.

  • The M.Ed. program is designed for teachers and other professionals in fields related to education that wish to pursue advanced study in teaching, leadership, research, or public policy and advocacy.

  • The Child Development Center is an early years laboratory school on the campus of Kent State University, with a long tradition of professional and pedagogical excellence.


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: Second license 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 jkroege1@kent.edu.

Contact Information

Dr. Janice Kroeger
Graduate Coordinator
Ph.D., M.Ed., Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Coordinator


Erin Harwood
Graduate Advisor

Dr. Kathryn Knapp
Undergraduate Coordinator

Mary Kay McElhinny
Undergraduate & Transfer Advisor