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College of Education, Health and Human Services
The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (ECDE) focuses on professional preparation and application of current theory, methods and practices for future teachers of pre-K-3 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 1200 clock hours of field experience in preschool, kindergarten and primary classrooms. Upon successful completion of the program and passing the State of Ohio Assessment Test, student are eligible for Ohio licensure in Early Childhood, which is "valid for teaching children who are typically developing, at-risk, gifted, and who have mild/moderate educational needs."
Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 4.0 million jobs in 2006. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 674,000 are middle school teachers, 437,000 are preschool teachers, and 170,000 are kindergarten teachers. The vast majority work in elementary and secondary schools. Preschool teachers, except special education, are most often employed in child daycare services (59 percent), public and private educational services (16 percent), and religious organizations (15 percent). Employment of teachers is geographically distributed much the same as the population. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
As part of an enrollment management plan, early childhood majors are admitted to the program on a selective basis. A maximum of 100 students will be admitted to this program each academic year. A minimum ACT composite score of 21 (980 SAT combined critical reading and math score) OR a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average and all 16 of the recommended college preparatory units is required. 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 the 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, essay, interview and cumulative 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 transferring from another university should meet with an academic advisor in 304 White Hall at least one semester prior to transferring.
Minimum 123 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of C (2.000) grade is required in all courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.
Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
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National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Kent Student Education Association; Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (Kent State Affiliated Program)
Advanced Degree Programs
Early Childhood Education (M.A., M.Ed. and M.A.T.)
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