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Early Childhood Development

Bachelor of Science

The earliest years of our lives are the most critical. It’s when we develop social skills and the building blocks of learning. The Early Childhood Development (Non-Certification) Program is ideal for those who desire to work with young learners, utilizing a deep understanding of Early Childhood Education. If you are interested in the development of children up to age 5 in public and private daycare centers, community-based preschools, state-funded preschools and child development centers, this degree is for you.  

Students will be introduced to Early Childhood Education, the young learner and their family in the initial classes. Courses in nutrition, health, thematic learning, play, mathematics, special education, literature for young children and developmentally appropriate practice will prepare the student for all aspects of educating the young learner. Finally, the student will complete a practicum in an Early Childhood classroom. 

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Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus, Online

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

123 hours

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Sample Courses

CE316 Family Life and Parent Education

3 Credits

Sociological and psychological impact of family and society on development of children from infancy through childhood  

EH101 Written English I  

3 Credits

Training in expository writing through frequent exercises, essays and consultation. A grade of “C” or above is required to pass this course.  

MH171 Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators I

3 Credits

Concepts of mathematics presented in the early mathematics curriculum. Set concepts, informal mathematical reasoning and problem-solving activities are included in the study of sets and whole numbers, number theory and rational numbers. Counts as a basic mathematics requirement for Early Childhood Development majors and is not eligible for credit outside the Early Childhood Development program. Prerequisites: MH113 and admission to the Early Childhood Development program. 

Career Outlook

The Early Childhood Development Bachelor of Science prepares graduates for careers in education and family care. Graduates go on to become teachers, daycare providers, preschool teachers, teacher assistants, childcare center directors, childcare workers and more. The degree also provides the gateway to a master’s degree, EdS or EdD. 

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