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BA in Early Childhood Education

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare enrolled students for careers in child development and education. Read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program are generally interested in working with young children in the capacity of caretakers, teachers, and educators.* Applicants to Ashford University's programs should be at least 22 years old.

Program Description:

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education online degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in early development and learning, and prepares enrolled students for entry-level jobs in the fields of child care, nursery schools, or pre-kindergarten programs. Students are given training in nutrition, child development, and working with diverse learning communities as well as an introduction to teaching children with special needs.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements

Students must complete 52 credits in general education courses.

Introductory Course Requirements

  • EXP 105: Personal Dimensions of Education (3 credits)
  • PSY 202: Adult Development & Life Assessment (3 credits)

Major Course Requirements

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECE 214: Nutrition & Health of Children & Families (3 credits)
  • ECE 332: Child Development (3 credits)
  • SOC 312: Child, Family & Society (3 credits)
  • PED 212: Foundations of Movement & Motor Activities (3 credits)
  • ECE 315: Language Development in Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECE 311: Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods (3 credits)
  • ECE 335: Children's Literature (3 credits)
  • ESE 315: Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
  • ECE 313: Collaboration with Parents & Community (3 credits)
  • ECE 312: Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs (3 credits)
  • ECE 405: Children & Families in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • ECE 430: Early Childhood Education Capstone (3 credits)

Electives

Students must complete 29 credits in elective courses.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Education who are interested in working as teachers, educators, or administrators could pursue a master's degree in early childhood education administration, special education, education, or leadership. Earning an advanced degree could provide students with the qualifications needed for an advanced teaching or administrative position in the field.

Master's degrees that graduates could pursue include:

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts Child Development or Psychology
  • Master of Science in Special Education Studies
  • Master of Business Administration

Career Paths:

Ashford University 's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare enrolled students for entry-level employment in caretaking, teaching, or early childhood administration. Possibilities that graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Day care worker
  • Nursery school teacher
  • Pre-kindergarten teacher
  • Special education assistant
  • Teacher's assistant
  • Nanny or au pair

*Special Terms and Conditions: Successful completion and graduation from the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is not intended to lead to certification or licensure in any state. It is the student's responsibility to determine any individual state's certification or licensure requirements. Ashford University does not represent that this program meets certification or licensure requirements in any state. Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360-725-6320 or proofed@k12.wa.us to determine whether this education program is approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington State. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.


Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.