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Bachelor of Science

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Major: Early Childhood Studies

The importance of educating young children cannot be overstated in the present and for the future. This is especially true in light of welfare reform. The degree is even more imperative due to federal government regulations requiring that each day care center and each head start program have a director with a bachelor’s degree.

The bachelor of science major in early childhood studies is designed to provide a vehicle for professionals in the field to directly apply their knowledge. The major promotes professionalism in the field and can only improve the development of young children.

Benefits

  • Meetings with instructors when you need assistance at times convenient to you.
  • Receiving personal attention from faculty and staff who understand your academic and scheduling needs.
  • Designing an individualized program of study tailored to meet your career goals.
  • Preparing for the option of graduate studies in this or a related field.

Upon completion of the major in Early Childhood Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of young children’s development and needs from birth to age eight to create healthy, respectful, supportive, engaging, and challenging learning environments.
  2. Identify ethical practices in engaging diverse families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  3. Select and apply developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate formal and informal modes of individual assessment.
  4. Use (select, interpret, apply) assessment data for planning for individual children, groups and programs.
  5. Identify a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and tools to promote positive outcomes for each and every child.
  6. Design developmentally appropriate curriculum across content areas including academic subjects and environment settings.
  7. Engage in and advocate for the early childhood professional community for the purpose of continuous learning and improvement.

*The major outcomes are directly aligned with the NAEYC standards.

Accelerated Degree Completion Options

  • Transferring credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • Requesting credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom through work or professional experience.
  • Successfully completing CLEP or DANTES tests.