Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development will prepare students to become qualified instructors who are able to teach and lead children from infancy to the third grade. Students will learn how to help children develop social, personal, and academic skills, and how to prepare them to continue and advance their education.

Bachelor in Early Childhood Development Learning Goals

Graduates of the Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Development are able to:

  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate lessons according to the state’s standards.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the classroom and in the field.
  • Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  • Develop and implement strategies to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  • Practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including an awareness of assistive technology for children with ability differences.

What You Will Learn

Our Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development was developed to provide background knowledge of early childhood developmental needs and adequately prepare future educators to become effective teachers. Through basic theory and application courses, the program will provide the education required to help students understand appropriate methods and techniques and how to create compliant and age-appropriate lessons.

Core Courses & Requirements

General Education Requirements
12 Credits

  • ENGL 395 Research and Report Writing
  • MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology
  • SCIE 312 Environmental Science and Sustainability


Students select 18 credits from upper-division courses that may include the following:

  • BUS 110 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 120 Business Law
  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision-Making COMP 210 Business Presentation Graphics
  • ECD 335 Children’s Literature
  • ECD 355 Understanding Behavior and Family Dynamics
  • ECD 405 Children and Families in a Diverse Society
  • ECD 431 Supervised Field Experience for Special Needs Students

Required Core Courses
30 Credits

  • ECD 300 Curriculum Planning & Design for Early Learners
  • ECD 301 Administration and Supervision
  • ECD 303 Best Practices in School-age and Youth Care
  • ECD 305 Exceptional Children
  • ECD 308 Socialization and Group Care of Infants and Toddlers
  • ECD 401 Inclusive Care of Infants and Toddlers
  • ECD 403 Early Childhood Intervention
  • ECD 425 Behavior Management for Special Needs
  • ECD 428 Methods of Teaching Special Needs Students
  • ECD 430 Supervised Field Experience

Accounting Career Opportunities

Accounting careers continue to show very strong growth and opportunities in the future. Accounting positions are ranked #3 of best business jobs by U. S. News and World Report. With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation.

Accounting positions are ranked #3  of best business jobs by U. S. News and World Report.  With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation. This program enables students to experience the necessary education required to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and manage a company’s payroll or books. Students graduating from this program will have the skills for entry level positions in accounting like accounts receivable clerk, accounting assistant, bookkeeper, auditing clerk, payroll clerk and more.

Bookkeepers, accountants and auditing clerks are an organization’s financial record keepers. Their duties are imperative to the survival of a business, no matter how large or small. They may update and maintain one or more accounting records.

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They also tabulate expenditures, receipts, accounts payable and receivable and track profit and loss. They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from full-charge bookkeepers who can maintain an entire company’s financial records to accounting clerks who handle specific, individual business accounts.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 2 million jobs in 2004 and are found in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks.

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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