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Admissions Requirements

Although our admissions process is relatively straightforward, our knowledgeable staff is available to help you at all times. Admissions requirements include:

  • Completion of an online application
  • Submission of official transcripts of all previous college or university courses completed to date (if applicable). Students with no prior college education must submit an official high school transcript and ACT scores (if taken).
  • An overall GPA of 2.50 in all previous college course work for regular admittance status. An applicant with a college GPA of less than 2.50 OR no college level work may apply for probationary admittance (see below).
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 27 OR passing scores on all Ohio-prescribed assessments for entrance to Teacher Education Programs is required before enrollment in the upper-division education cohort sequence
  • Admission Interview with ECED Program Coordinator or Advisor

Some students may be admitted under a probationary admission status. For probationary admission, candidates must:

  • Have earned a 2.0-2.4 cumulative GPA in any previous college course work
  • Probationary admittance will be automatic if a candidate has no previous college coursework.
  • Complete all other regular admission requirements.

How to Finance Your Education

Our financial aid staff will work with you to apply for tuition reimbursement from your employer, federal student aid, or a student loan.

Graduation Requirements

In order to earn your ECED degree, you must complete a total of 123 credits with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), including:

  • The ECED program (116 credit hours). A minimum 3.0 GPA must be earned in all ECED courses.
  • All general education requirements (39 credit hours):
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    • 3 semester hours in English composition that must include a research writing component.
    • 12 semester hours in arts and humanities (must include Public Speaking & a Bible course)
    • 3 semester hours in math
    • 3 semester hours in natural sciences including a lab
    • 3 semester hours in social and behavioral sciences
    • 6 semester hours in math, natural sciences, and/or social/behavioral sciences
    • 9 semester hours in liberal arts electives
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