Admission Requirements – Early Childhood Education


A high school diploma or GED (on file in the LCCC Records office) is REQUIRED of all those entering the early childhood education (ECE) program. Prior to entering the program, students must provide evidence of a current physical, TB test and must make all immunizations current. Students must have three letters of reference.

A signed non-conviction statement is required. Students will be REQUIRED to sign a liability waiver statement and a confidentiality statement. In addition, in accordance with state law, students are REQUIRED to be fingerprinted. Students previously convicted of a felony must schedule an appointment with the division dean or program coordinator prior to enrollment in the program.

After admission into the ECE program, students are REQUIRED to prepare career goals statement. This statement is an assignment in the ECED 111 course. Initial admission into the program is conditional. (Full admission requires the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework, exclusive of college preparatory, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, including completion of ECED 111 and one ECED course with a grade of C or higher).

Pre-Kindergarten Certification
Graduates of the associate of applied science in teacher education (AAS) degree program may be recommended for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) pre-kindergarten associate certificate subject to the following: 

  1. Completion of all requirements of the AAS degree in early childhood education. 
  2. Completion of all required EDCT, ECED and ENGL courses with at least a C in each course and an overall grade point average of 2.5 in these courses. 
  3. A grade of B or higher is REQUIRED in ECED 283, Student Teaching Seminar I and ECED 284, Student Teaching Seminar II. 
  4. Cengage test.

All students entering the early childhood education program will have one year after graduation to apply for teacher licensure. Failure to apply within one year results in the student having to take a minimum of three credits in ECED coursework.

Upon completion of all associate of applied science in teacher education degree requirements for graduation and the satisfactory completion of all early childhood education pre-K associate certificate program requirements, the early childhood education coordinator may recommend to the ODE, Division of Teacher Education and Certification, for pre-kindergarten associate certification.

The associate degree program for those completing the transfer area of concentration will permit transfer with junior-year standing to a four-year college or university with an approved program in teacher education. Subsequent satisfactory completion of the transfer school’s requirements will lead to a bachelor’s degree and to contingent recommendation from that school for one of the State of Ohio Department of Education provisional licenses to teach in the K-12 system. Students pursuing mathematics/science licensure must take a mathematics/science course wherever elective courses are listed and seek the advice of an advisor.