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Early Childhood Education 2+2

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 and application of current theory, methods and practices for future teachers of pre-K-3 classrooms. Our 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, graduates 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.

Following the successful completion of the Associate Degree, students complete a five-block sequence of advanced coursework while gaining teaching experience. Students complete field and practicum experiences in diverse settings, and accumulate over 1000 clock hours of field experience in preschool, kindergarten and primary classrooms.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation): Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. SeeOhio 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.

Completion of the associate degree in Early Childhood Education does not guarantee admission into the last two years of the baccalaureate program. As part of an enrollment management plan, early childhood majors are admitted to the program on a selective basis.  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 (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.

Minimum Requirements:

  • The student must have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
  • The student must have earned a "C" or higher in:
    • ECED 10120 – Introduction to Early childhood Services
    • ECED 20163 – Understanding Young Children: Typical & Atypical Development
  • The student must have earned a "C" or higher in:
    • College English 11011 and College English 21011 (at KSU or transfer)
    • ITEC 19525 – Educational Technology
    • EDPF 29525 – Educational Psychology
    • EDPF 29535 – Education in a Democratic Society
    • Math 14001 and Math 14002,, Basic Math Concepts I and II
  • The student must have taken the three Praxis I Competencies (or their equivalents) and earned passing scores.

Sandra Pech, BSE ECED Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education