The Early Childhood Education program prepares candidates for teaching students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Courses focus on the development of teaching practices that provide young children equal opportunities to grow emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. At Cleveland State University, early childhood majors develop professional knowledge and skills through reflective best practice and inquiry, the observation of children and early childhood settings, on-site practice, and supervised student teaching.
Beginning with their initial professional education class, students create and continue to develop professional portfolios. These are used to assess student progress and to demonstrate professional development, eventually becoming a showcase for a student's teaching competence.
Having met current curriculum guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
For 2004-05, the College of Education and Human Services reports a 98 percent passage rate on the national Praxis II qualifying teacher licensure exam for early childhood education. For the same time period, corresponding passage rates on Praxis II Principles of Teaching and Learning Test for Early Childhood was 100 percent. Moreover, during their initial two years of employment, all program graduates passed the Praxis III Classroom Performance Assessment needed to advance from a two-year provisional to a five-year professional teaching license.
Opportunities to work with creative, skilled faculty abound in the College of Education and Human Services. Recently, Early Childhood Education faculty received a federally funded three million dollar grant to ensure that many Cleveland children enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive and early literacy skills for continued success in school. Project LEAPS: Literacy Enrichment and Achievement for Preschool Success is a partnership of Cleveland State University, Head Start, and the Cleveland Municipal School District.
Cleveland State University early childhood education graduates are in demand nationwide. Graduates are employed in preschools and Head Start centers, as well as public and private schools. Because of their high qualifying scores on Praxis II exams, Cleveland State University graduates have sought and found employment in nearly half the states in the nation.
Full acceptance to the program requires completion of 30 semester hours of course work with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.
Classes that do not require fieldwork are frequently offered in the evenings. Students must be available for field placements in area schools during the day.
For more information, contact:
Education Student Services Center
Cleveland State University
2485 Euclid Avenue, Education Building (EB) 170,
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.