BA in Early Childhood Education

With your Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education you will gain knowledge, perspective and practical experiences in the field of early childhood education. This degree prepares you for your current workplace and future aspirations.

Early Childhood Education Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares you to provide high-quality, inclusive care and education to children up to the age of 8. This online early childhood education degree program includes fieldwork and two practicums that let you demonstrate your teaching competencies under guided supervision.

As a student, you will:

  • Learn skills to complement your previous early childhood educational training and fieldwork.
  • Demonstrate your mastery and reflect on the knowledge, skills and dispositions you have learned.
  • Study lower division coursework, which mirrors the Curriculum Alignment Project Eight (CAP 8), and provides a foundation for upper division content and experiences.

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
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    Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


    BA in ECE Program Curriculum

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a UMass Global Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


      Code Course Name Credits
      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      MATU 103 Applied Mathematics 3
      COMU 101 Public Speaking 1 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • Code Course Name Credits
      ECED 100

       Child Growth and Development


      ECED 110  Child, Family, and Community


      ECED 120  Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children


      ECED 130  Introduction to Curriculum for Young Children


      ECED 200  Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education


      ECED 210  Practicum in Early Childhood Education I


      ECED 220  Health, Safety, and Nutrition


      ECED 230  Teaching in a Diverse Society


      Core Courses


      ECED 300  The Professional Early Childhood Educator


      ECED 301  Effective Support for Children with Exceptional Needs and Their Families


      ECED 330  Dual Language Learners and Their Families


      Content Courses


      ECED 302  Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Education


      ECED 303  Integrated Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language & Literacy


      ECED 304  Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Mathematics and Science


      ECED 398  The Intentional, Reflective Teacher


      ECED 399  Integrated Practice-Practicum II


      ECED 401  The Early Childhood Educator as Decision Maker-Capstone


      Total Credits


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about early childhood education and strategies that can prepare you for the classroom.

    Early Childhood Education

    What is the purpose of early childhood education?

    Simply put, the purpose of ECE is to provide children with strategies that help them develop the emotional, social and cognitive skills needed to become lifelong learners. Curricula is set up to encourage young students to learn about themselves and the world through play and sensory experiences. Read more.

    What does a high-quality ECE program look like?

    A good early childhood education program is dynamic, challenging, enriching and carefully planned. A typical ECE curriculum might incorporate songs, books, art, games, toys, experiences and nature exploration into the daily lesson plans for a class or group. Explore more important elements.

    Why is early childhood education important?

    During the early childhood education years, the brain makes millions of synapses every second that allow us to move, think, communicate and comprehend our environments. Children in ECE programs are less likely to repeat a grade, more prepared for school and more likely to earn more in the workforce. Explore more benefits.

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