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 University's Early Childhood program received International Baccalaureate recognition (IB) in the summer of 2012. 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 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 and Pre-Kindergarten Endorsement 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 Dr. Julia Stoll:

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.

Singing, dancing and yoga are not typical college classroom activities. At least not all in one class. But for Jenny Lampe, lecturer in Kent State University’s Early Childhood Education Program, it’s important for her students to experience the full preschool education with all of these activities, plus expected activities like reading children’s books.

Teachers from northeast Ohio and from thousands of miles away in sub-Saharan Africa have been learning to create inexpensive math teaching tools thanks to the efforts of some Kent State University professors. 

Students at the Child Development Center recently got an introductory course on the influence of Black culture in American society.

Three Kent State professors are developing a solution to a teacher training issue through the use of extended reality (XR) technology and 360 video. 

Contact Information

Dr. Julia Stoll
Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator

Erin Harwood
Graduate Advisor

Michelle Schultz
Undergraduate & Transfer Advisor, last names A-L

Shannon Logsdon
Undergraduate & Transfer Advisor, last names M-Z