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Early Childhood Education Professional Preparation Pipeline (ECEP3)

The Ohio State University in partnership with the city of Columbus, Columbus state Community College, and Action for Children is now offering an Early Childhood Education Professional Preparation Pipeline scholarship to students who are currently working, or plan to work, in early childhood education in the Franklin County area of Ohio. The scholarship will pay full tuition for Ohio resident students who have completed an Associate Degree in Child Development, or a related field. Scholarship recipients pursue one of two programs:

Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in Creative Pedagogies (non-licensure) 

  • Graduates are committed to work for 3 years after their degree with young children from birth to age 5 in early care and education settings in Franklin County (e.g. childcare (center & home-based), preschools). Students will receive a B.S. Ed with a focus on working with young children (0-5) in group settings emphasizing the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia early care and education system. 
  • Ideal applicants will have experience working with children from birth – 5 and a disposition for working with children from diverse cultural, linguistic, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds.

Bachelor of Science in Education with an Early Childhood Education major (licensure)

  • Graduates are committed to work for 3 years after their degree with young children within Franklin County from preschool – 3rd grade in public and other schools seeking a Prek-3rd grade licensure as well as early care and education settings.
  • Students will receive B.S.Ed. and have completed all requirements for Ohio teacher licensure in early childhood/elementary content and pedagogy coursework.
  • Students pursuing teaching licensure program will be required to complete a sequence of courses that may result in additional credits beyond the minimum credits for graduation. Students should speak with their academic advisors to best plan for each term.
  • Ideal applicants will have experience working with groups of children in the 4-8 year age range and a disposition for working with children from diverse cultural, linguistic, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds.

Minimum Scholarship Requirements

  • Associate's degree from an accredited community college
  • Current or future employment in early childhood education (preschool, school, daycare, etc.)
  • Commitment to work in the city of Columbus in early childhood for three years after graduation
  • Must be an Ohio resident

The scholarship application will open January 15th and close March 17th. The deadline is March 17th, at 5:00PM.

Application Instructions

  • Create your applicant account
  • You will be given a username and password after registering
  • When you log in, select "Create a New Application"
  • Select "Teacher Preparation Pipeline Scholarship" from the Application Type menu, and click "Continue"
  • Review application name and due date and click "Next"
  • Enter the requested information into the application document. Complete all fields of the application and upload academic transcripts and two professional references to submit your application. If you need to return to the application at a later date, click "Save Changes and Exit"
  • Need additional help? Use our visual step-by-step instructions

Candidates for the Teacher Preparation Pipeline Scholarship must also apply for admission as transfer students to The Ohio State University. Students who have earned an Associate's degree from an accredited institution are usually granted admission to Ohio State. The transfer student application includes a $60 fee, which will be paid for those who are awarded the scholarship. Students who are awarded a scholarship will apply to the university on a designated day in July 2016, to be determined.

Helpful Links

*Scholarship winners dive deeper into teaching high-need childern - An article about our scholarship recipients.

Scholarship winners dive deep into teaching high-needs children.

*A short infromational video about ECEP3 scholarship program.

*Consider giving to the ECEP3 scholarship fund.