UC Blue Ash College

Pre-Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science

Why study Pre-Early Childhood Education?

Early childhood education involves learning and supports for children from birth through age 8 and includes a range of pre-kindergarten through third grade settings. Preschool, kindergarten and primary-school teachers introduce children to foundational knowledge and skills in mathematics, language, science and social studies. They play a vital role in their students’ development. What children learn and experience during their early years will shape their views of themselves and the world, and can affect their later success or failure in school, work and their personal lives.

A Bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum educational requirement for teaching in public school settings. This program provides you with the first two years toward completion of your Bachelor’s degree.

Professional Organization: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Admission Requirements

You may enroll in UC's Blue Ash College if you graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school, or have a GED certificate (minimum composite score of 45). The college’s rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring, or summer.

High school students who are considering this program should take either the SAT or ACT college entrance examination for use in guidance and counseling. All students entering a degree program must also take the college’s placement tests prior to registering for classes.

The Blue Ash College admissions office provides an application for admission and all the information you’ll need to enroll in the college.

Admission to Professional Cohort

  • All students who plan to apply to professional cohort must attend a mandatory information session offered by UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Typically an e-mail may also be sent to the student's Bearcat online account. Not attending a session will prevent cohort admittance.
  • Students must apply for admission to the professional cohort after they have completed approximately 30 semester hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must also have taken the SAT or ACT with a qualifying score (see CECH admissions requirements), or have taken the Praxis I with passing scores. The application process is offered only once per year. Professional cohort begins only in the fall semester. Students should view professional cohort admittance requirements early in their education career so that all prerequisites and exclusionary factors are clear.
  • Admission to a cohort is not guaranteed. When the number of applicants exceeds the number of available openings, the better qualified candidates will be admitted.

Since these programs change in response to updates from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and CECH, please see your your program advisor each term.

Students who become successful teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate children, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. You must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students. Flexibility and adaptability are important. You should also be organized, dependable, patient and creative. You must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and members of the community. You must enjoy play. Respect for children and patience are crucial characteristics.

With a Bachelor’s degree and proper licensing, your employment opportunities include the following:

  • preschool teacher
  • kindergarten teacher
  • primary grade-school teacher
  • child-care center director
  • Head Start teacher
  • Head Start family advocate
  • developmental interventionist
  • child life specialist

Additional career options are listed on the Career Development Center's website.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for Pre-Early Childhood Education via the UCBA advising website.

This degree is the gateway to both the Early Childhood Profession and Special Education Bachelor's degrees at UC.

Successful completion of this program will prepare you to apply for selective admission to the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services for your remaining years, or at other four-year colleges or universities. Your program advisor will guide your course work to maximize your transition opportunities.

A solid foundation to build upon is important to achieving success in these fields. UC's Blue Ash College has small classes and well-qualified, dedicated faculty that will help you get a good start on your education and provide a firm basis for future learning.

The University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College is conveniently located in suburban Blue Ash and is accessible from I-75, I-71, I-275 and the Ronald Reagan (Cross-County) Highway.

In the education programs available at Blue Ash College, students have the opportunity to observe in the schools at an early point in their academic career. Early exposure can be an advantage in determining the age group that a student desires to teach before progressing through a majority of a chosen program.

Students must have completed at least 50 percent of their program requirements at UC's Blue Ash College. Students must earn a "C" or better in courses for the program. Students will complete at least 60 credit hours as listed in their specific program. 

Students transferring to UC Blue Ash College follow similar procedures as those who are enrolling through open admissions. Please contact our admissions office for all the information you’ll need to enroll in the college.

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Students who did not graduate from a high school in the United States of America must take an ability-to-benefit test and achieve the minimum specified score to be eligible for admission to a degree or certificate program at Blue Ash College. The scores will be used for placement in English courses and general advising for all courses.

Application Deadlines

The University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College is an open admission campus. We accept applications all year long and you may start any semester. Financial aid takes six to eight weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.

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

Contact Information

Behavioral Science Department
9555 Plainfield Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 745-5655
pre-earlyeducation@ucblueash.edu

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Program Code: 28ASC-PECE-AS