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4+1 Dual Degree -
Bachelor's and Master's in Early Childhood Education

Earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in early childhood education in just five years through this accelerated program.

Who is eligible?

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education at OSU have the option to complete this accelerated master's degree program.

When to apply:

Students interested in the dual degree must apply to the master's program during their third year in the undergraduate program.

For Fall semester admission, apply by April 1.
For Spring semester admission, apply by October 15

How to apply:
Complete the OSU Graduate College application

As part of the online application, submit the following:


  • Official transcript
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of goals (1-2 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    Fill out the required form, which will trigger an email to your three recommenders to complete an online reference form and upload their recommendation letter. 

    Shelby Dobrinski-Owen

    "The 4+1 Early Childhood Education program gave me the tools I needed to build my confidence, grow my passion and evolve into not only a teacher, but a true educator. I will be forever grateful for what I learned and experienced during my undergraduate and graduate courses."

    - Shelby Dobrinski-Owen, 4+1 Early Childhood Education alumna
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