Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education Overview
The Bachelor in Early Childhood Care and Education is focused on developing the skills to understand many aspects of children’s behavior and development. This bachelor’s degree program blends childhood development theory and practices with real experiences applied in the classroom or child care setting. In addition, this bachelor culminates with a mentored teaching internship in the school or child care setting.
The curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in childhood mathematics methods, Inclusive practices in early childhood education, educational philosophy, and more.
What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Care and Education Degree?
Early childhood care and education graduates enjoy access to a wide reached field that includes teaching and administrative positions.
- Preschool teacher
- Infant teacher
- Childcare teacher
- Toddler teacher
- Teacher’s assistant or aide
- Child care center director
- After-school program worker
- Preschool director
- Self-employed worker
How to apply?
After you read the requirements and you are eligible, you must:
Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)
The Bachelor in Early Childhood Care and Education will allow you to apply to The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF), which is a tuition assistance program for child care providers to obtain a college education at participating colleges/universities in Maryland.
The fund does not reimburse participants as the payments are made directly to the college or university. First time applications are due by March 1 for more information about the requirements to apply to this scholarship click here
Step 1: Contact a coordinator from The School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) at WAU to apply to the Bachelor in Early Childhood Care and Education.
Step 2: Once SGPS accepted your application, you need to meet with the CCCPDF coordinator at SGPS. The coordinator must review for completion and sign the application
Step 3: Submit a completed CCCPDF application with the required documentation to the Office of Child Care — Credentialing Branch.
I. Unified Theme — Professional Education
|EDEC 206||Foundations of Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC 220||Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood||2|
|EDEC 245||Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety||3|
|EDEC 302||Administration of Early Childhood Programs||2|
|EDUC 305||Promoting Literacy and Language in Young Children||2|
|EDEC 309||Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science||3|
|EDEC 310||Teaching Experiences||5|
|EDEC 311||Programming and Planning for Primary Aged Children||3|
|EDEC 312||Programming and Planning for Preschoolers||3|
|EDEC 313||Programming and Planning for Infants and Toddlers||3|
|EDEC 315||Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC 317||Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC 320||Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood||2|
|EDEC 390||Working with Young Children, Families and Community||3|
|EDEC 424||Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDUC 130||Professional Skills Development||1|
|EDUC 321||Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom||3|
II. Liberal Studies Themes
|Cultural Studies||9 hours|
|EDUC 120||Educational Philosophy and Trends||3|
|EDUC 301||Issues in Multicultural Education||3|
|EDUC 418||Education of Exceptional Children and Youth||3|
|Scientific Studies||12 hours|
|*If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.|
|Societal Studies||9 hours|
|EDUC 242||Human Learning||3|
|HIST 125/126||World History||3|
|PSYC 210||Developmental Psychology||3|
|Required Cognate||3 hours|
|HIST 275/276 United States History I or II||3|
III. General Education Requirements
|NOT to be repeated in major.|
|ENGL 101||First-Year Composition||3|
|ENGL 102||Research and Literature||3|
|COMM 105||Introduction to Oral Communication||3|
|INSY 110/CPTR 105||Introduction to Computers||3|
|INTD 315||Ethics in Modern Society||3|
|PSYC 105||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PEAC||Physical Education activity elective||1|
|Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.|
Complete in 2 Years or Less
No GMAT or GRE Required
Evening Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
For more than 35 years, Washington Adventist University (WAU) has been a leader in providing career-building degree programs for working professionals through its School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). In a supportive and nurturing environment that meets the needs of adult learners, the SGPS currently offers six accelerated evening undergraduate and professional programs and ten master’s programs (including two fully online – the Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Public Administration programs).
Brenda Chase, PhD, MBA