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Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Technology (ECET) is offered at the Salem and Tuscarawas Campuses. A minimum of 2.00 GPA (C grade) is required in each technical course and a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA is required for graduation. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for Ohio’s associate degree preschool license.

The coursework for this associate degree also is fully applicable to the baccalaureate degree in early childhood education at either the Kent, Salem or Tuscarawas campuses, although completion of the associate degree does not guarantee admission to the baccalaureate program. Students who wish to be admitted to the baccalaureate degree program at the Kent Campus need to check the Early Childhood Education section under the College of Education, Health, and Human Services for admission requirements and other information about this selective admission program.

The baccalaureate program at Kent State Salem and Tuscarawas is also selective, following standards established at the Kent Campus. To be considered for admission, students must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study, have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA in all previous Kent State undergraduate coursework and have completed the ECET associate degree. The most qualified applicants will be accepted based upon the number of available student spaces and consideration of the student’s standardized test scores (PRAXIS I), cumulative GPA, written essay and interview.

For information about the Kent State Salem or Tuscarawas baccalaureate program, students should contact the Kent State Salem or Tuscarawas program director for early childhood education the semester before beginning the associate degree student-teaching experience. Because there are limited spaces available, meeting the minimum criteria listed above does not guarantee admission to the program. Students who successfully complete the baccalaureate curriculum are eligible to apply for an Ohio license, valid for teaching children in preschool through grade three.

Career Opportunities

Teacher assistants held 1.3 million jobs in 2006. About 3 out of 4 worked for public and private elementary and secondary schools. Child care centers and religious organizations employed most of the rest.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 68 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.


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