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Early Childhood Education - B.S.E.

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education prepares you to work with young children in a variety of settings. With a focus on child development and effective teaching strategies, you'll develop the skills needed to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children and families. Read more...

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Sandra Pech | Associate Professor | Early Childhood Education
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Email: spech@kent.edu

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Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education focuses on professional preparation and application of current theory, methods and practices for future teachers of preschool to grade five classrooms. Students form a cohort and complete the five-block sequence of courses while gaining teaching experiences linked to coursework. All students complete field and practicum experiences in diverse settings, including urban and inclusive programs, and accumulate approximately 1,200 clock hours of field experience in preschool and elementary classrooms.

Graduates of the program who pass the State of Ohio Assessment Tests are eligible for Ohio licensure in Early Childhood, which is valid for teaching children, age three through grade five, who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted or who have mild/moderate educational needs.

Graduates also have the opportunity to receive an International Baccalaureate recognition certificate concurrent with the completion of the B.S.E. degree.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is 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.

Examples of Possible Careers* 

Education teachers, postsecondary

  • 4.8% about as fast as the average
  • 77,300 number of jobs
  • $65,440 potential earnings

Elementary school teachers, except special education

  • 3.5% about as fast as the average
  • 1,452,100 number of jobs
  • $60,940 potential earnings

Kindergarten teachers, except special education

  • 3.7% about as fast as the average
  • 127,700 number of jobs
  • $57,860 potential earnings

Preschool teachers, except special education

  • 2.5% slower than the average
  • 540,400 number of jobs
  • $31,930 potential earnings

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

  • 3.6% about as fast as the average
  • 1,395,900 number of jobs
  • $28,900 potential earnings
Admissions

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective. As part of an enrollment management plan, students are admitted to the advanced study portion of the Early Childhood Education major on a selective basis. A maximum of 100 students will be admitted to advanced study each academic year. A minimum 2.750 overall high school grade point average is required. Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study and have a minimum 2.750 overall 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 advanced study portion of the Early Childhood Education major. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based upon the number of available student spaces, student essays and overall 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 who do not meet the GPA requirement at the time of admission for this major will be admitted to the EHHS General non-degree program until which time they have established a Kent State GPA of 2.750. They may then submit a change of program to declare this major.

Current Kent State and Transfer Students: Active Kent State students who wish to change their major must have attempted a minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State and meet all admission criteria listed above to be admitted. Students who have not attempted 12 credit hours at Kent State will be evaluated for admission based on their high school GPA for new students or transfer GPA for transfer students. Transfer students who have not attempted 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at Kent State and/or other institutions will be evaluated based on both their high school GPA and college GPA.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Co-construct curriculum as a co-worker with learners and others (parents, families, colleagues and community members) to make sound decisions for learning and teaching experiences, as opposed to being passive receivers of prescribed curriculum.
  2. Synthesize conceptual understandings of children, theory, content, technology and sociocultural contexts into meaningful activities and opportunities for learning with all preschool-to-grade five students.
  3. Engage in the habit of self-assessment in order to continually uncover unknown possibilities in children’s learning, classroom practice, educational theory and one’s own teaching identity in the local and global context.
  4. Become committed to the children and their learning, the families and the local community while having an awareness of the global context; engage in continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning.
  5. Apply skills, knowledge and dispositions to challenge “questionable” policies that limit opportunities for all children.
  6. Utilize research and theory to develop varied and effective pedagogies and assessments that will positively impact all students’ learning (learning and teaching is a transdisciplinary practice).
  7. Advocate as ethical leaders and moral agents striving for social justice.
  8. Acknowledges and practices multiple, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multiracial, multi- social and -economic and multilingual perspectives in a global society.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CULT 29535EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (min C grade)3
ECED 10120INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES (min C grade)1
ECED 20101UNDERSTANDING YOUNG CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT (min C grade)3
ECED 20102SOCIAL STUDIES AND THE ARTS IN PRESCHOOL (min C grade)3
ECED 20103PRESCHOOL TEACHING AND LEARNING (min C grade)3
ECED 20105FAMILY-SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS IN DIVERSE SETTINGS (min C grade)3
ECED 20192CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN PRESCHOOL (ELR) 12
ECED 30201TEACHING EARLY READERS (min C grade)3
ECED 30202MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE IN THE EARLY YEARS (min C grade)3
ECED 30205CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY SUSTAINING PEDAGOGY (min C grade)3
ECED 30292CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRIMARY II (ELR) 11
ECED 30392CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRIMARY III (ELR) 11
ECED 40125INQUIRY INTO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (min C grade)3
ECED 40203CRITICAL INQUIRY: THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE FRAMEWORK (min C grade)3
ECED 40292INTERNSHIP IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (ELR) 19
ECED 40301TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS (min C grade)3
ECED 40302TEACHING PHONICS AND WORD STUDY (min C grade)3
ECED 40303TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS I (min C grade)3
ECED 40304TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS (min C grade)3
ECED 40305GUIDANCE AND ASSESSMENT: SUPPORTING ALL CHILDREN (min C grade)3
ECED 40401TEACHING SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS (min C grade)3
ECED 40402TEACHING READERS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS (min C grade)3
ECED 40403TEACHING WRITERS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS (WIC) (min C grade)3
ECED 40404TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS II (min C grade)3
ECED 40492CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRIMARY IV (ELR) 11
ECED 44444DEVELOPMENT AND PEDAGOGY IN UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (min C grade) 13
EPSY 29525EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (min C grade)3
ETEC 39525EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (min C grade)3
SPED 23000INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) (min C grade)3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
GEOG 17063WORLD GEOGRAPHY (DIVG) (KSS) (min C grade required for either course)3
or GEOG 17064 GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA (DIVD) (KSS)
or GEOG 22061 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (DIVG) (KSS)
HIST 12070EARLY AMERICA: FROM PRE-COLONIZATION TO CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (DIVD) (KHUM) (min C grade)3
MATH 14001BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS I (KMCR) (min C grade)4
MATH 14002BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS II (KMCR) (min C grade)4
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Science and Lab Elective, choose from the following (min C grade): 23-4
BSCI 10002
LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS)
BSCI 10003
LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY (KBS) (KLAB)
BSCI 10110
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB)
ESCI 11040
HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS)
ESCI 11041
HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
ESCI 11042
EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS)
ESCI 11043
EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
ESCI 21062
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS)
Physics (PHY) Elective, choose from the following (min C grade): 23-4
PHY 11030
SEVEN IDEAS THAT SHOOK THE UNIVERSE (KBS)
PHY 21040
PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS (KBS)
PHY 21041
PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB)
Kent Core Composition (minimum C grade)6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:123
1

Teacher candidates are only permitted to repeat a field experience course once. Please see Repeating Field Experience Courses in Teacher Education Programs policy for details.

2

A laboratory course must be selected from one of two elective lists.

Progression Requirements

Students must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study.

To manage enrollment and deliver high-quality programs, the faculty will select the most qualified applicants for admission based upon evaluation of academic success (overall GPA) at Kent State University; non-academic criteria and other specific program criteria.

Please be aware that reapplication may be necessary if postponing advanced study coursework or if withdrawn for one year or more.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.750
  • A minimum C grade is required in most courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.

Licensure Information

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.

Students must apply for State of Ohio Licensure (defined by completion of all licensure program requirements) within 12 months of program completion. After 12 months, applicants must meet state-approved program/licensure requirements that are in effect at the time of application. This means that students who apply after the 12-month deadline may have to take additional coursework if the content, methods courses, program requirements or licensure requirements have changed from the catalog in force.

Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!CULT 29535 EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 3
!MATH 14001 BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS I (KMCR) 4
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Two
!ECED 10120 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES 1
GEOG 17063
or GEOG 17064
or GEOG 22061
WORLD GEOGRAPHY (DIVG) (KSS)
or GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA (DIVD) (KSS)
or HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (DIVG) (KSS)
3
!MATH 14002 BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS II (KMCR) 4
SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 3
Physics (PHY) Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Three
Note: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; apply online for Advanced Study by the second Friday of the term  
!EPSY 29525 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
HIST 12070 EARLY AMERICA: FROM PRE-COLONIZATION TO CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
Science and Lab Elective 3-4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Requirement: minimum 2.75 overall GPA  
Note: Complete application for student teaching; Block of courses must be taken together in same term; field assignment is part of ECED 20192  
ECED 20101 UNDERSTANDING YOUNG CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT 3
ECED 20102 SOCIAL STUDIES AND THE ARTS IN PRESCHOOL 3
ECED 20103 PRESCHOOL TEACHING AND LEARNING 3
ECED 20105 FAMILY-SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS IN DIVERSE SETTINGS 3
ECED 20192 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN PRESCHOOL (ELR) 2
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA  
Note: Block of courses must be taken together in same term; there is a field assignment for this semester  
ECED 30202 MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE IN THE EARLY YEARS 3
ECED 30205 CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY SUSTAINING PEDAGOGY 3
ECED 30292 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRIMARY II (ELR) 1
ECED 40203 CRITICAL INQUIRY: THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE FRAMEWORK 3
ECED 40302 TEACHING PHONICS AND WORD STUDY 3
ETEC 39525 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; block of courses must be taken together in same term  
Note: Block of courses must be taken together in same term; there is a field assignment for this semester  
ECED 30201 TEACHING EARLY READERS 3
ECED 30392 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRIMARY III (ELR) 1
ECED 40301 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS 3
ECED 40303 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS I 3
ECED 40304 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS 3
ECED 40305 GUIDANCE AND ASSESSMENT: SUPPORTING ALL CHILDREN 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
Note: Apply for graduation; minimum 2.750 GPA required for end of term; Block of courses must be taken together in same term; there is a field assignment for this semester  
ECED 40401 TEACHING SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS 3
ECED 40402 TEACHING READERS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS 3
ECED 40403 TEACHING WRITERS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS (WIC) 3
ECED 40404 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS II 3
ECED 40492 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE PRIMARY IV (ELR) 1
ECED 44444 DEVELOPMENT AND PEDAGOGY IN UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA at end of term  
Note: Full-time teaching in this term  
!ECED 40125 INQUIRY INTO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 3
!ECED 40292 INTERNSHIP IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (ELR) 9
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:123
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
    • Salem Campus
    • Tuscarawas Campus
Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Early Childhood Education at Kent State University at Tuscarawas

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (BSE ECED) at Kent State University at Tuscarawas is a 2 + 2 program that focuses on professional preparation of teacher candidates.  Course work focuses on the application of current theory, methods, and practices for the PreK-5th grade classroom. Students pursue a program of study that involves Kent Core requirements, college requirements, and a six- semester block of early childhood education courses that are integrated with field and clinical experiences. The program includes two student teaching experiences: preschool (180 clock hours) and kindergarten/elementary (525 clock hours). In the remaining blocks, students complete approximately 500 additional field hours at the preschool, kindergarten, and primary levels.

The University’s goal is to provide educational experiences and coursework that supports the development of critically reflective teachers who value children and are interested in becoming committed professionals in the field of early childhood education. Throughout coursework and field experiences, teacher candidates engage with the knowledge and skills needed to understand child development and implement developmentally appropriate practices. 

Kent State Tuscarawas provides high quality teaching, advising, and mentoring to support students as they develop the needed skills to become effective educators in both school and non-school settings. Students who wish to pursue this degree must possess a commitment to valuing all children, regardless of ability or background. They must have the ability to work with diverse students and families as well as the surrounding community, providing quality educational experiences. 

Admission into the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree program is selective and requires successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Early Years Education and Care (AAS/EYEC).  However, completion of the associate degree in Early Childhood Education Technology does not guarantee admission into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.  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 an 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 (Praxis I), essay, interview, and cumulative GPA.

Students will need to discuss with their advisors during the first year of study 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 at least one semester prior to transferring.

Applications are submitted in January and May with students beginning the advanced studies program the following fall semester. Once students are accepted into the advanced studies program, they will complete a four-block sequence of advanced coursework with diverse field experiences in the elementary classroom to prepare them to sit for their licensure exams. Graduates of the program who pass the State of Ohio Assessment Tests are eligible for Ohio licensure in Early Childhood, P-5, which is valid for teaching children, age three through grade five, who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted, or who have mild/moderate educational needs.

Graduates also have the opportunity to apply for an International Baccalaureate Primary-Years Program (IB-PYP) teaching certificate concurrent with the completion of the B.S.E. degree.