Pipeline for Early Childhood Educators
The Ohio State University, in partnership with the city of Columbus, Columbus State Community College, and Action for Children, offers a unique opportunity for students currently working, or plan to work, in the early childhood education field in Franklin County, Ohio.
The Pipeline for Early Childhood Educators program (previously known as the Early Childhood Education Professional Preparation Pipeline) provides full tuition to earn a bachelor's degree in education. To be eligible, applicants must complete an associate degree. Additionally, after students complete their Bachelors of Science in Education degree at Ohio State, recipients are required to work three years in an early childhood setting in Franklin County. Recipients pursue one of two programs:
Bachelor of Science in Education, Child and Youth Studies, Creative Pedagogies specialization (non-licensure)
- Graduates are committed to work for three 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 BSEd 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 in Early Childhood Education (licensure)
- Graduates are committed to work for three 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 BSEd and have completed all requirements for Ohio teacher licensure in early childhood/elementary content and pedagogy coursework.
- Students pursuing the 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.
- Prerequisites for this option include: MATH 1125 & 1126, ESCFE 3206 & ESEPSY 2309.
- Individuals with completed bachelor's degree are not eligible for this opportunity
- Highest degree earned is associate's degree
- Current or future employment in early childhood education (preschool, school, daycare, etc.)
- Commitment to work in Franklin county in early childhood for three years after graduation
- Must be an Ohio resident
The PEACE program accepts applications on a biennial basis. The next application window will open on November 15, for a program start in Autumn semester.
Online Information Sessions
Information sessions will be available during the next application window beginning in November.
Candidates for the Teacher Preparation Pipeline opportunity 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 to be determined.