FAQs | Early Childhood Education | Kent State University

I am an undergraduate. Who do I talk to about an ECED major?

If you have not been accepted into the Early Childhood Education Program, the place to start is with a professional advising appointment in the Vacca Office of Student Services (VOSS) located in White Hall 304. Mary Kay McElhinny is the current ECED advisor for UG students. Schedule an appointment online

I have a degree in a non-education major. How do I go about earning the early childhood education teaching degree?

The ECED license is for Preschool through Grade 3. Those holding other degrees can apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in ECED. The next cohort will be offered in Summer 2019; the application deadline for the Summer 2019 cohort is March 17, 2019. The program of study for that degree is an 18-month, full-time, academic and field-based program. Find more information about the Master of Arts in Teaching here. For transcript evaluation for that program, please contact: eharwood@kent.edu

I hold an ECED teaching degree already. What does the Master of Education degree in ECED involve?

The KSU ECED M.Ed. program is for those students who hold the ECED license (or have experience in early childhood education) and want to further advance their studies. Admissions for graduate study is through the Office of Graduate Student Services (if you are an international student, please see I am an international student below). The M.Ed. program is designed around student interest area and is a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours. ECED 60152 is required of all students; 12 credit hours beginning with ECED are required, as well as an individual exit project or internship.

Concentrations:  In 2016, three concentrations in Early Childhood Education were authorized and approved, including 1) Globalization and Intercultural Competence; 2) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM); and 3) Early Childhood Leadership: Advocacy, Curriculum, and Policy. Concentrations can be embedded within the M.Ed. or taken as stand-alone classes. For information about concentrations or off campus cohort opportunities in your area, please email the graduate coordinator: jkroege1@kent.edu

Am I able to embed endorsements in my M.Ed. program?

Yes, if you currently hold the ECED B.S.E. you can add endorsement while earning your master's degree. Two of the most commonly added endorsements are the ECED Generalist (grades 4-5) Endorsement or the Reading Endorsement.

I hold a teaching license but would add ECED as a second license to my current license. How do I do this?

The second license program of study is designed around your current coursework (i.e. transcript review & professional review). Students must have an advising appointment to determine courses and field experiences to earn the ECED prek-3 license.

I would like to add a kindergarten endorsement to my ECED license. How do I do that?

There is no longer a kindergarten only endorsement that can be added to the license in the state of Ohio. You would need to add elements of the ECED prek-3 (which includes what you need for age 3 through kindergarten) in concert with courses or licenses you’ve already taken. A transcript review is necessary. Please contact jkroege1@kent.edu

Preschool Endorsement & Second License information

I hold an ECED teaching degree. Can I earn my master's in Curriculum and Instruction or perhaps Special Education?

Yes, admission would still be through the Office of Graduate Student Services.

I am an international student and interested in earning an ECED degree at Kent State University.

The first office that you need to contact is the International Students office at KSU. They can advise with admissions, transcript review, visa information, employment stipulations, language assessments and more.

During your initial application process, language assessment items such as the TOEFL (550, & 80), IELTS (6.5), etc. are required. Minimum score requirements are expected for admissions. The early childhood program abides by all minimum assessment scores on all measures, thus it is not within the coordinator’s power to admit students with insufficient scores.

I am interested in earning a doctorate in early childhood - does KSU have that?

Yes. A doctorate with a focus in early childhood can be earned, but the doctoral programs at KSU are housed within Curriculum & Instruction. After application and acceptance, status advising and course selection is created in concert with an early childhood advisor. More about the doctorate with a concentration in early childhood