Early Childhood Education (License, M.S.E.)

The importance of the early years has become evident, and new positions in early childhood education have increased the number of opportunities available to those who wish to work with young children. Now you can get more involved by putting the best theories into practice to help children — and families — through our early childhood education graduate program. Your program will lead to a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in transdisciplinary early childhood education. You will also be qualified for two Ohio Department of Education teaching licenses — the Early Childhood License and the Early Intervention Specialist License.

Courses leading to the 4th/5th Generalist and the Early Intervention certificates for infants and toddlers are available.

Our program provides you with special and regular education coursework for a complete learning experience. You can pursue your master's degree and any or all certificate and licensure options in these areas.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Early Childhood Education Program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog.