Early Childhood Education

B.S. in Education

Why study Early Childhood Education?

The comprehensive Early Childhood Education program prepares graduates to become effective teachers of children in a variety of pre-kindergarten through grade five settings, including preschools, Head Start programs, child-care centers, public schools and related programs for children. Program faculty are dedicated to preparing committed, caring and competent educators who support each individual child’s learning and development through an ongoing process of evaluation and specific instruction techniques. The ECE Prek-5 licensure degree is a full-time program. Candidates need to be available between 8 and 4. Candidates can also expect late afternoon/evening classes and evening teacher hours during internship.

Candidates in the early childhood education program complete a bachelor of science in education degree, which includes extensive experience in preschool, kindergarten and through fourth and fifth grade classrooms. After passing the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams, candidates are eligible to apply for an initial state of Ohio teaching license valid for teaching children pre-kindergarten through grade five.

The ECE program is a unified teacher preparation program that values diversity, inclusion, equity, and individual construction of knowledge. Student awareness, knowledge, skills and values are guided through course lectures and discussion, reading, research, and field experiences. The program is designed to prepare students to become effective early childhood teachers who are capable of delivering quality instruction in a variety of settings to diverse student populations in grades PreK-5. By the end of their fourth year, students can earn a BSED and may be recommended for OH licensure.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen are first admitted into the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. 

Admission into the ECE P-5 licensure program is a two-tiered process. After being accepted into CECH, students apply in the fall of their sophomore year to the ECE professional cohort.  Admission to cohort is highly competitive and meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into cohort.

Recommended minimum high school GPA is 3.0, and a required minimum 22-ACT or 1080-SAT scores (math/verbal combined score) required for admission.

Official documenation of 22-ACT or 1080-SAT scores (math/verbal combined score) required for admission.

Early Childhood Professional Cohort Admission:

1) After being admitted into CECH as a freshmen, students must apply for admission to the Early Childhood Education P-5 licensure cohort during fall semester sophomore year.

2) Minimum GPA is a 3.0

3) ACT 22 SAT 1080 (math and verbal combined)

4) C or better in all education courses

5) Complete all required pre-cohort course work and program requirements

6) In good academic standing; that is, not on academic or displinary probation or suspension

7) Provide clean BCI/FBI background checks


Successful candidates are those who:

  • understand how young children develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially
  • demonstrate pedagogical and philosophical knowledge of and commitment to early childhood education concepts, principles and values
  • manage the social and physical environment of diverse learning atmospheres
  • use and develop materials appropriate for young children
  • collaborate effectively with others
  • use technology to support their practice
  • use assessment to inform classroom practices
  • exhibit responsible, caring, fair and honest behavior
  • demonstrate leadership through family and community involvement
  • address issues of diversity with equity
  • commit to social justice

Graduates of the early childhood education program are prepared to teach in a variety of settings. In public or private schools, they may teach kindergarten or grades 1-5, They may also teach in preschools, Head Start programs, child-care centers or related programs.

The early childhood education and development minor offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how children develop from birth to age five. Students will get an introductory experience with early child care and infant and toddler care. The minor provides students with knowledge about developmental concerns with young children and how to best work with the families of children. Student will be introduced to the concept of play as an important part of a child’s early learning and development. Students will also learn about the basics of developing creative instructional environments for young children. The required courses provide students with a beginning overview of child development and components of early learning environments. 

Student Services Center
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services continually merits local, state and national recognition. Recent commendations include:

  • accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education
  • a 65th ranking in U.S. News & World Report
  • the Best Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • consistently high scores by candidates on state mandated licensure exams

In addition, this program provides small classes, talented faculty in each discipline and extensive field clinical experiences in urban and suburban schools.

Future Educators of America (FEA)
UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all UC students; however, our main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to their college and to their future profession. Members have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international honor society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some of the benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database and access to the ideas, research, insights and expertise of internationally renowned educators.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
SCEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, gifted children, and typically developing students. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practices and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH student ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Students for the Education of Young Children (SEYC)
SEYC helps students prepare to enter the teaching profession as early childhood educators. It provides opportunities to network with other professionals and members of the Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) and its state and national affiliated groups. Students provide outreach to centers/schools (preschool through grade three), participate in service projects, and contribute to CAEYC activities such as Week of the Young Child, annual conference, and community lecture series. Students have presented at the NAEYC conference in Washington, DC. Past members welcome and mentor all new students.

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted deadline.

All transfer students must have completed the high school course requirements listed above.

All transfer students must apply and be admitted to the college and, separately, to the professional cohort.

  • All transfer students must meet the university GPA requirement of 3.0.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum ACT 22 or SAT 1080 scores (math and verbal combined), must take and pass PRAXIS Core exams. Passing scores (subject to change) are: Reading = 156, Writing = 162 and Mathematics = 150.
  • All transfer students who have accumulated more than 60 applicable credit hours and who meet the transfer requirements must also apply to the professional cohort.
  • Complete all required pre-cohort course work and program requirements.
  • Seventy five students will be admitted annually. Admission to cohort is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into cohort.
  • Provide clean BCI/FBI background checks

Please see an academic advisor for important details regarding this. Failure to do so may exclude you in progressing towards degree completion.

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers. Please meet with an academic advisor in the Student Services Center for details.

International students should contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admissions for details regarding admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester


  • Early Action Deadline (non-binding): Dec 1*
  • Rolling Deadline March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.


  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1

The ECE P-5 program requires a two-tiered admission process. Professional Cohort Application is Fall sophomore year. Please see your advisor for admission requirements and information about the application process.   

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The educator preparation programs at the University of Cincinnati are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In addition, the early childhood education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This program has been determined to meet the Ohio reading mandate and is aligned with the Ohio Content Area Standards.

Contact Information

CECH Recruitment
PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0014
(513) 556-6308

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Program Code: 18BAC-ECE-BSED