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What will I learn?

The Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education prepares critically reflective teachers with advanced knowledge in pre-school through primary multi-disciplinary curriculum. Students are prepared to be democratically accountable leaders, co-decision makers, pedagogical experts and committed professionals in various early childhood realms. The program emphasizes commitment to equitable and caring learning communities.

Ohio endorsements for pre-school, pre-school with special needs or generalist (grades four and five) may be embedded in the program. In addition, students have the opportunity to receive an International Baccalaureate (IB) recognition award at the initial licensure level and M.Ed. degree.

The Early Childhood Education major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • Early Childhood Leadership: Advocacy, Curriculum and Policy
  • Globalization and Intercultural Competence
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Synthesize conceptual understandings of children, theory, content, technology and socio-cultural contexts into meaningful activities and opportunities for learning with all students in pre-kindergarten to grade three.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Apply skills, knowledge and dispositions to challenge “questionable” policies that limit opportunities for all children.
  • 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).
  • Advocate as ethical leaders and moral agents striving for social justice.
  • Acknowledge and practice multiple, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multiracial, multi-social, multi-economic and multilingual perspectives in a global society.

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$19,088.00 per year
Start date

17 January 2023

Venue

Kent State University

800 E. Summit Street,

KENT,

Ohio,

44242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale (minimum 3.250 graduate GPA is recommended).

For international students

Student must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. Applicants must obtain a minimum score of TOEFL Paper Based Test is 550 (79 on the Internet based version), the minimum score of MELAB is 77 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 and the minimum score of PTE academic is 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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