Early Childhood Education (Preschool- Grade 5)

Why Study Early Childhood Education, Primary Licensure Prek-5th? 

The University of Cincinnati’s Early Childhood Education program prepares graduates to become teachers from pre-kindergarten to grade five. Our graduates are able to teach in preschool facilities, Head Start programs, child-care centers, and kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms. Our faculty is committed to creating an early education curriculum that prepares our students to be committed, caring and competent educators who support each individual child’s learning and development abilities.

During the second, third and fourth years of the program, each candidate will receive hands-on experience within preschool, kindergarten, and grade school classrooms. In order to receive a teaching license, candidates must pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators exams. This program values diversity and aims at implementing inclusion, equity, and individual construction of knowledge within the curriculum. 

During their learning experiences, students seeking licensure must be available full-time for ECE classes and field experiences between the hours of 8a - 4p. They must also expect late afternoon/evening classes and evening teacher hours.

The School of Education was ranked 3rd Best Early Education Program in the Nation (SED, 2015 USA Today).


Program Objectives

By graduation, you will be able to:

  • Teach children in a variety of settings in the State of Ohio
  • Withhold an ethical and thorough understanding of early childhood theory (PreK-5) and its application to the educational setting

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 Teacher Candidacy. Admission to Teacher Candidacy is highly competitive and meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.

Recommended minimum high school GPA is 3.0, and a minimum 22-ACT or 1080-SAT scores (math/verbal combined score) recommended for admission. Official documentation of 22-ACT or 1080-SAT scores (math/verbal combined score) required if test scores are submitted for admission.

Early Childhood Teacher Candidacy Admission:

1) After being admitted into CECH as a freshmen, students must apply for

admission to the Early Childhood Education P-5 licensure Teacher

Candidacy during fall semester sophomore year.

2) Minimum GPA is a 3.0 required

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

4) Students must submit their score for the official UC Math Placement

Test. Minimum score of 30 required for admission.

5) C or better in all education courses

6) Complete all required pre-requisite Teacher Candidacy course work and

program requirements

7) In good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary

probation or suspension

8) Provide clean BCI/FBI background checks

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