Early Childhood Education - B.S.E.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates




About this program

Early Childhood Education - B.S.E.

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.

Admission requirements

Admission to this major is selective. As part of an enrollment management plan, students are admitted to the Early Childhood Education major on a selective basis. A maximum of 100 students will be admitted to the major 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 Early Childhood Education major. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based upon the number of available student spaces, students’ essay, interview 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.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.

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Program content

Semester One

  • Education in a Democratic Society or World Geography (DIVG) (KSS) or Geography of the United States and Canada (DIVG) (KSS) or Human Geography (DIVG) (KSS)
  • Basic Mathematical Concepts I (KMCR)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Human Communication (KADL)
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Services
  • Basic Mathematical Concepts Ii (KMCR)
  • Introduction to Exceptionalities (DIVD)

Physics (PHY) Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

Note: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; apply online for Advanced Study by the second Friday of the term

  • Educational Psychology
  • Early America: From Pre-colonization to Civil War and Reconstruction (DIVD) (KHUM)

Science and Lab Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Understanding Young Children's Development
  • Social Studies and the Arts in Preschool
  • Seminar: Preschool Teaching and Learning
  • Partnering With Families for Effective Guidance
  • Clinical Experience in Preschool (ELR)

Semester Five

Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA

  • Integrated Primary Curriculum
  • Languages and Literacies
  • Mathematics and Science in the Early Years
  • Critical Inquiry: the IB Framework
  • Educational Technology

Semester Six

Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA; block of courses must be taken together in same term

  • Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Years
  • Appropriate Phonics Instruction and Word Study
  • Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Years I
  • Teaching Science in the Elementary Years
  • Family-school-community Partnerships in Diverse Settings

Semester Seven

  • Teaching Science and Social Studies in the Elementary Years
  • Developmental Reading and Writing in the Elementary Years
  • Developing a Balanced Literacy Program in the Elementary Years (WIC)
  • Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Years II
  • EDevelopment and Pedagogy in Upper Elementary School

Semester Eight

Requirement: minimum 2.750 overall GPA at end of term

  • Inquiry Into Professional Practice
  • Internship in Elementary Schools (ELR)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Program delivery

Fully offered on the following campuses:

  • Kent Campus
  • Salem Campus
  • Tuscarawas Campus



  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year


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.

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

Phone no: +1 330-672-7980

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