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Early Childhood Education Technology

Two year associate degree programs in Early Childhood are offered at the Salem, Ashtabula, and Tuscarawas campuses of Kent State University.  Visit the web site for each campus for information on these programs.

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E) (KENT, SALEM)

The Early Childhood Education (ECED) undergraduate program offers students the skills and resources needed to obtain Ohio licensure for early childhood, ages three to eight, preschool through primary.

  • All students complete field and practicum experiences in diverse settings, including urban and inclusive programs and accumulate approximately 1500 hours of field experience in preschool, kindergarten, and 
  • Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation): 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.

  • The ECED program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Ohio's State Department of Education
View ECED bachelor's degree brochure

How to apply for a teaching license (starting Jan. 2014)

Master of Education & Master of Arts in Early Childhood

The M.Ed. and M.A. programs are designed for teachers and other professionals in fields related to education that wish to pursue advanced study in teaching, leadership, research, or public policy and advocacy.

  • Students are guided by faculty in the development of a self-assessment and program of study that satisfies individual professional goals and expectations of the program.
  • All students must complete an exit project that may include a thesis (M.A.), practicum (M.Ed.), or action research project (M.Ed.).
  • Ohio endorsements for Preschool and Early Education of the Handicapped (EEH) are available to qualified applicants as part of the Master of Education program.
  • View prospectus

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

This degree is for those students with non-licensure bachelor degrees who wish to obtain Ohio licensure for Early Childhood (age three to grade three). Consult the MAT program website for further details. Admission requirements include the Graduate Record Exam, Praxis Core math, a 3.0 undergraduate G.P.A., and an interview.


Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in Early Childhood

Visit the Curriculum and Instruction website for a description of this program.

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-5)

If you hold an Ohio Early Childhood P-3 Teaching License you may earn an endorsement to teach grades 4-5.

The Endorsement is comprised of the following courses:

  • C&I 67095 Special Topics: Integrated Content I, Social Studies and Science (3 hours)
  • C&I 67095 Special Topics: Integrated Content II, Social Studies and Science (3 hours)
  • C&I 67095 Special Topics: Teaching Mathematics in the Intermediate Years (3hours)
  • C&I 57504 Reading and Writing in Middle Childhood (3 hours)
  • C&I 50093 Halfway Up the Stairs: Early Middle Level Education and Effective Teaching and Learning in Grades 4-5

On-line workshop (1 hour)

  • C&I 50093 Understanding "Tweens": No Longer Children, Not Yet Teens On-line workshop (1 hour)


  • Ohio Early Childhood P-3 Teaching License


View 4/5 Endorsement Summer 2014 Courses Offered

Summer 2014 Courses Offered:

  • HDFS 51093: Understanding "Tweens:" No Longer Children, Not Yet Teens (1 credit workshop)
  • C&I 50093: Halfway Up the Stairs: Early Middle Level Education and Effective Teaching and Learning in grades 4-5 (1 credit online workshop)
  • C&I 67095: Special Topics: Critical Inquiry and Integration Content I & II: Social Studies and Science (6 credits)


To enroll in the program you must be accepted by the department, then complete admission paperwork.
These courses/workshops may be used toward the completion of a master's degree in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Curriculum and Teaching
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Childhood
  • Special Education General

(In most cases all 14 credit hours would count.)

If you anticipate completing a master's degree (there is a six year time-frame in which to do so) we suggest that you complete a degree application.
apply online

If you already hold a master's degree, a non-degree application will suffice.

Please visit the Office of Graduate Student Services website at further details or contact Nancy Miller at the office at 330-672-2576.