Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Care and Education Overview
The Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Care and Education is focused on developing the skills to understand many aspects of children’s behavior and development. This program blends childhood development theory and practices with real experiences applied in a child care setting. This bachelor’s culminates with a mentored internship in a child care setting.
The curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in childhood mathematics methods, inclusive practices in early childhood education, educational philosophy, and more.
How Can You Benefit from a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Care and Education Degree?
Early childhood care and education graduates can pursue careers in the following in-demand fields.
- Preschool teacher
- Infant teacher
- Childcare teacher
- Toddler teacher
- Teacher’s assistant or aide
- Childcare center director
- After-school program worker
- Preschool director
- Self-employed worker
- Childcare Center Owner
How to apply
Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)
Enrolling as a student in the Early Childhood Care and Education bachelor’s program will qualify you to apply for 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 this scholarship, talk to an advisor today. click here
Step 1: Contact an advisor in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at WAU to apply to the Bachelor’s degree is Early Childhood Care and Education.
Step 2: After you have been accepted into the Early Childhood Care and Education program, meet with your advisor to review the CCCPDF grant requirements and deadlines.
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 205||Materials & Methods of Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC 207||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||3|
|EDEC 310||Teaching Experiences||6|
|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 317||Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC 320||Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood||2|
|EDEC 322||Early Childhood Mathematics Methods||3|
|EDEC 323||Methods and Materials for Teaching Science in Early Childhood||3|
|EDEC 391||Working with Young Children, Families,and Community||2|
|EDEC 424||Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDSP 315||Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education||2|
|EDUC 321||Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom||3|
II. Liberal Studies Themes
|Cultural Studies||7 hours|
|EDUC 120||Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education||2|
|EDUC 297||Issues in Multicultural Education||2|
|EDUC 313||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
Classes are offered in 8 week sessions, allowing you to complete your degree in as little as 12 to 18 months, depending on the degree you choose.
Our tuition rates are competitive (undergraduate – $465 and graduate $625 per credit hour), allowing you to earn a high quality education at an attractive price. We have numerous educational partnerships in the area. You may be eligible for a substantial tuition discount. Call today to find out if SGPS and your employer have an educational partnership.
Classes are offered online, face-to-face, and/or hybrid in the evenings (one night a week). Here at SGPS, you can select a pace that is tailored for your life, choosing to take as few or as many classes as you want.
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
Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies