Pre-Kindergarten Education


Associate Degree | College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science

What is Pre-Kindergarten Education?

​This program prepares students to provide education and care for ​children ages birth to five years old. Individuals with a Prekindergarten degree have a wide variety of employment options.

Note: ​Successful completion of the Prekindergarten program meets the Ohio Department of Education requirements for the initial 5 year licensure in Prekindergarten Education.​

What are the features of Miami’s program?

​The Prekindergarten program is a great option for those individuals who want to teach and work with children. Most students can get their PreK associate degree in two years going full time.​

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

The Prekindergarten program is a total of 64 credit hours

Program Requirements (in a suggested format):

First year
EDL 204 Socio-Cultural Studies in Education (3)*
EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts (3)*†
EDP 279 Technology + Media Literacy and Learning (3)*†
EDT 190 Introduction to Education (3)*†
EDT 273 Prekindergarten Integrated Curriculum I (3)
EDT 274 Prekindergarten Integrated Curriculum II (3)

Note: EDT 273 & EDT 274 include a 24-hour observation each

ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)*
FSW 207 Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families I (4)
FSW 261 Diverse Families Across the Life Span (3)*†
MTH 115 Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers (4)*
KNH 245 Issues of Health & Wellness for the Young Child (3)*

Second year
EDP 256 Psychology of Learners with Exceptionalities (3)*†
EDT 246E Foundations of Reading, Language, and Literacy (3)*
EDT 272E Introductory Child Development: PreBirth through Age 8 (3)*†

Note: The above three courses are referred to as the Block #1 courses which includes a ​25​-hour practicum if taken separately (PreK only) or a ​5​0-hour practicum if taken together (ECE).

EDT 315E Teaching with Children’s Literature Across the ECE Curriculum (3)*
FSW 283 Introduction to Child Care Administration (3)
FSW 293 Field Placement: Infant/Toddler Setting (3)
FSW 294 Field Placement: Preschool Setting (3)
FSW 382 Infant and Toddler Caregiving and Supervision (3)
Science Physical or Biological Science (3 or 4)
Elective (1 or 2) A Fine Arts course is recommended.

What can I do with this major?

Graduates from the Prekindergarten Program ​may be employed in public or private schools along with child care centers. Private preschools and Head Start Programs are also employment options. Many PreK graduates go on to teach in preschool programs or even become directors of child care programs.

Some PreK graduates go on to get a Bachelors degree. Some of the popular degree options are completing ​an ECE (early childhood education) degree or a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree. Almost two thirds of the PreK courses can be applied to the ECE Bachelors degree option. There is also a BIS Child Development concentration in the BIS program that focuses on much of the PreK content areas.

Who can I contact for more information?

Prekindergarten Education
Dr. Tracey Hoffman
205T Thesken Hall

Learn more about Prekindergarten Education at Miami University.