The Online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education – Early Childhood Growth program consists of a total of 120 credits, with 60 credits dedicated to both upper and lower division courses.

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Professional Education Courses

In the area of professional education, students are required to complete a total of 30 credit hours focusing on foundations, teaching methods, curriculum, and early childhood education.


Classroom Management – EDF 3251: This course provides teachers with the understanding, skills, and inclinations necessary for successful classroom management. Prerequisite: EDP 3004. Co-requisite: EDG 3321.

Cultural/Social Foundations of Education – EDF 4604: This course examines the cultural and social realities of teaching and learning in the U.S., including discussions on class, race, ethnicity, gender, and language.

Educational Psychology – EDP 3004: This course applies principles for understanding individual differences, learning, adjustment, classroom environments, and assessment to instructional and educational issues. It also addresses challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness.

General Instruction Decision Making – EDG 3321: This course focuses on the educational decisions faced by classroom teachers, including HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills), multiple intelligences, learning styles, technology, theory, and models of instruction. Co-requisite: EDF 3251.

Teaching Methods and Curriculum

Art in Early Childhood – EEC 3242: This course covers principles, methods, and materials for teaching music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic play in an early childhood setting.

ESOL Principles and Practices – TSL 3080: This course introduces issues, principles, and practices for teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings – EEX 3070: This course focuses on the foundations of inclusive education, characteristics of students with disabilities, instructional strategies, and collaboration among educators and parents.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Educational Programs – EEC 4005: This course explores the philosophy and theories behind early childhood education programs, as well as the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of young children.

Issues in Early Childhood Education – EEC 3204: This course introduces issues related to the education of children ages three through grade three.

Special Needs of Children and their Families – EEC 3403: This course focuses on understanding family issues, children’s behavior, and intervention methods.

Early Development Courses

After completing the core professional education courses, students take a total of 30 credit hours in the area of early development, which includes a focus on child development, family and community studies, as well as literacy, language, and learning development.

Child Development

Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis of the Young Child – EDP 4275: This course covers the intellectual, emotional, and personality assessment of young children. Prerequisite: EDP 3273.

Child Development – EDP 3273: This course examines the growth and development of children from conception to age eight.

Early Social and Emotional Development – EDP 4274
: This course focuses on the character, social, and emotional development in early childhood. Prerequisite: EDP 3273.

Family and Community Studies

Communities, Families, and Young Children – EEC 3408: This course explores the diverse cultural contexts of young children and the influences these environmental factors have on child development.

Family Literacy and the Young Child – EEC 3400
: This course provides an understanding of family literacy within the context of language and culture, and introduces students to school and home-based literacy strategies.

Literacy/Language/Learning Development

Children’s Literature – LAE 4405: This course explores children’s literature and its role in early childhood classrooms. It discusses current theories and methods for integrating literature into all curriculum areas from a developmentally appropriate practice perspective.

Language and Literacy Development – RED 3313
: This course introduces the linguistic elements of English, language development, emergent literacy, and their impact on L1 and L2 students.

Pre-Selected Elective Courses

In addition, students are required to take 9 hours of pre-selected elective courses.

Education in History – EDF 3521: This course examines the concepts of childhood and the process of social initiation in different historical American contexts. It also explores the transformation of the American public school system as it reflects the social, political, and economic character of the nation’s development from 1620 to the present.

Integrated Math and Science in Early Childhood – EEC 4211: This course prepares pre-service teachers to understand developmentally appropriate practices in math and science for young children and apply them in real-world integrated settings.

Play and Development of Social Competence – EEC 3315: This course examines the role of play behaviors in relation to social competence and academic development in the early years.