Western Governors University

B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 3)

Western Governors University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is designed for aspiring teachers of young children. Learn more about the B.A. in Early Childhood Education here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 3)

School Offering Program:

Western Governors University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Western Governors University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program should have an interest in working with and teaching young children. Many early childhood educators have lively personalities and a passion for seeing children succeed. The program is designed for anyone with a desire to teach, which could include unlicensed child care workers or substitute teachers, career changers, retired military service members, and school paraprofessionals. Applicants to Western Governors University's programs must have already earned a high school diploma; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Western Governors University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is designed to lead to teacher licensure. Coursework is offered entirely online, but students also complete a demonstration teaching (student teaching) experience that lasts 12-20 weeks. The program is divided into five domains (areas of study). The Foundations Domain helps students improve their basic math and language arts skills. The Liberal Arts Domain focuses on language and communication, including writing skills. While completing work in the Effective Teaching Practices Domain, students participate in pre-clinical experiences in local schools. The Early Childhood Education Domain focuses on the unique challenges of teaching young students, and the Demonstration Teaching Domain gives students the opportunity to work in a classroom under the supervision of a mentor teacher. Over the course of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program, students also complete competency-based assessments and create a professional portfolio.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

Program lengths vary. Students who have already earned an associate's degree typically complete the program in 2-2.5 years while students with little or no prior college experience complete the program in 4-5 years.

Financial Aid:

Western Governors University offers federal financial aid to qualified students. Aid opportunities include subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, National SMART grants, Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, and TEACH grants. Financial aid can be used to finance tuition and fees, textbooks, technology, and other direct educational expenses.

Areas of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education:

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

Foundations Domain

  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Basic Numeracy and Calculation
  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic Geometry
  • Basic Data and Probability

Liberal Arts Domain

  • Language and Communication
  • Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
  • General Education Social Sciences
  • History and Civics
  • Collegiate Level Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • Literature
  • Health, fitness and Wellness
  • Natural Science
  • Quantitative Literacy

Effective Teaching Practices Domain

  • Instructional Strategies and Approaches
  • Instructional Presentation and Follow-Up
  • Comprehensive Exam

Early Childhood Education Domain

  • Development and Learning in Early Childhood
  • Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education
  • Supporting Young Children through Observation and Assessment
  • Contexts of Learning
  • Teaching and Learning: Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Math and Science
  • Teaching and Learning: ECE: The Arts, Movement, Health, and Social Science
  • Pre-clinical Experiences

Demonstration Teaching Domain

  • Full-time, in-classroom supervised experience

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing Western Governors University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education programs, students could be eligible for state licensure. Prior to receiving a state-issued teaching certificate, students may need to submit transcripts and pass state and national teaching exams (including PRAXIS). Graduates wishing to further their education could complete a master's degree. Master's degree programs often provide opportunities research specific issues in early childhood education or to pursue educational leadership opportunities.

Master's degrees that graduates could pursue include:

  • Master of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students for teaching careers. Graduates could work at preschools, public schools, or private schools as teachers for students from birth up to grade three.