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Early Childhood Development

This online program leads to a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development. Students can choose from a variety of electives that will allow them to tailor their program to meet their professional goals. Field placements will be done in concert with the early childhood faculty and can take place in a variety of settings, including where the student is employed, if appropriate. Graduates will be well-equipped for jobs in the early childhood sector, including Head Start, childcare directors, early learning coaches, early childhood and health-related and safety non-profits and other agencies.


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Program Info: This is a non-teacher certification program. The degree can be completed online.


Admission Requirements:

60 Hours or (AA), GPA - 2.0 or higher (2.5 preferred)

Prerequisites (9 hours)

  • EDF 1005 Introduction to Teaching Profession
  • EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators
  • EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators

Major Requirements (42 hours)

  • EEC 3266 Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers
  • EEC 3408 Forming Family, School, and Community Partnerships
  • EEC 3731 Wellness & Movement for Young Child
  • EEC 4054 Leadership & Service in Early Childhood Settings
  • EEC 4207 Measurement, Evaluation, & Planning for Early Literacy Development
  • EEC 4210 Teaching Math& Science in Early Childhood Settings
  • EEC 4213 Teaching Beginning Reading & Writing
  • EEC 4244 Integration Social Studies, Art, and Music across the Curriculum
  • EEC 4260 Teaching the Whole Child
  • EEX 3202 Psychology and Sociology of Learners with Exceptionalities
  • LAE 3210 Foundations of Literacy

Major Electives (12 hours)

  • Select 4 courses from the list below
  • EEC 4203 Primary Education II
  • EDG 4410 Classroom Management
  • EEX 4216 Classroom Management of Exceptional Learners
  • PET 3434 Teaching Movement Skills to Children
  • EDF 3151 Educational Psychology
  • EDF 4444 Assessment of Learning Behavior
  • TSL 3080 Principles & Issues in TESOL
  • TSL 4324 TESOL for Secondary Content Area Teachers
  • TSL 4340 TESOL Methods & Curriculum
  • LDR 3003 Introduction to Leadership
  • EDG 3324 Methods of Conceptual Teaching
  • LIT 3331 Children's Literature
  • LIT 3333 Adolescent Literature

Early Childhood Practicum (3 hours)

  • EEC 4940 Early Childhood Development Practicum