An examination of teachers' perceptions: Ohio's early childhood teacher preparation programs

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Child and Family Studies


Robert P. Moreno


Early Childhood Education, Teacher preparation, Ohio

Subject Categories

Family, Life Course, and Society


Research has shown that early childhood teachers who have more education are able to provide young children with additional learning experiences in the preschool classroom. Proponents of early childhood teacher preparation programs support the notion that teachers with advanced degrees are more prepared than teachers with no degrees. The purpose of this study was to evaluate teachers' perceptions regarding their early childhood teacher preparation programs and to see if there are any relationships that exist between their perceptions and competency. The study also looked at how teachers' perceptions vary as a result of their preparation program. The participants were 86 early childhood teachers. Results indicated a discrepancy with the research literature stating that the more educational training one has teachers' competency increases. The research literature and directions for future research are discussed.


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