Bachelor - Early Childhood Education

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The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program at Ashford University is designed to prepare you for a career in education, and offer you advanced instructional skills. You can learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education online program will introduce you to the history, philosophy, public policy, and trends in early childhood education. You will have the opportunity to study language acquisition for children up through age six, human movement and motor skills development, health and nutrition for children and families, and the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development of young children. The program covers methods for designing developmentally appropriate early childhood education curriculum, play and creativity teaching strategies, collaboration with parents and the community, early childhood education administration, and the skills needed to work with students with disabilities.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you are thinking of applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program, you should be interested in studying childhood development theories and working in the education field. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education online program consists of 120 credits. You must complete 39 major credits, 46 general education credits, and 35 elective credits.

Early Childhood Education Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 214 Nutrition & Health of Children & Families
ECE 332 Child Development
SOC 312 Child, Family & Society
PED 212 Foundations of Movement & Motor Activities
ECE 315 Language Development in Young Children
ECE 311 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods
ECE 335 Children's Literature
ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students
ECE 313 Collaboration with Parents & Community
ECE 312 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
ECE 405 Children & Families in a Diverse Society
ECE 430 Early Childhood Education Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program at Ashford University is intended to prepare you for entry-level positions working with children in child education settings. Teaching positions will require state licensure; you should check with your state board of education for licensure requirements. Other positions you could pursue after successfully completing the BA in Early Childhood Education include:

  • Daycare provider
  • Teacher assistant
  • Camp counselor

Advanced Degrees

In order to advance your career opportunities after completing the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program, you may want to consider an education-related master's degree program. Earning a master's degree in your preferred area of child education can help you prepare for administrative, postsecondary teaching, and leadership roles in education. Depending on your professional goals and interests, you could choose from master's degree programs such as:

  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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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 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.