Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development

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Reach your career goals with an early childhood education degree

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.

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Early Childhood Education Degree 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.
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Early Childhood Education Courses & Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development program consists of 40 courses for 120 academic credits. All courses are three credits.

Lower Division Requirements (60 credits)

18 credits
  • COMP 110 Computer and Office Applications
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra
42 credits
  • ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Development
  • ECD 102 Growth and Development I
  • ECD 202 Growth and Development II
  • ECD 105 Guidance and Classroom Management
  • ECD 110 Family and Community Relations
  • ECD 125 Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • ECD 130 Creative Experiences
  • ECD 135 Language Arts Concepts
  • ECD 137 Science and Math Concepts
  • ECD 202 Movement and Music for Children
  • ECD 210 Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • ECD 220 Methods and Materials
  • ECD 240 Supervised Field Experience for Infants and Toddlers

Upper Division (60 credits)

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
42 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 335 Children’s Literature
  • ECD 355 Understanding Behavior and Family Dynamics
  • ECD 401 Inclusive Care of Infants and Toddlers
  • ECD 403 Early Childhood Intervention
  • ECD 405 Children and Families in a Diverse Society
  • ECD 425 Behavior Management for Special Needs
  • ECD 428 Methods of Teaching Special Needs Students
  • ECD 430 Supervised Field Experience
  • ECD 431 Supervised Field Experience for Special Needs Students
Any 6 credits in upper division courses

Early Childhood Education Requirements & Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of learning and development theories and learners’ characteristics, learning preferences, experience, and motivation, to inform appropriate practices
  • Cultivate a culture of high expectations; practicing informed, targeted, and reflective instruction; facilitating a community of learners; and assessing learning in a variety of ways towards continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
  • Develop and demonstrate a reflective mindset, and habits of effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, professional practice, ethics, and ethos.
  • Integrate the discovery, analysis, and use of evidence-based literature, successful practices, and data, to inform educational practice.
  • Promote curiosity among students; making inquiry a central part of teaching practice; seeking professional growth opportunities and applying new learning to educational practice.
  • 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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Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Frequently Asked Questions

Early Childhood Development is one of our undergraduate programs. This program will teach you how to care for, supervise, and educate young children from birth to age eight. Early Childhood Development program is interactive, focusing on instructional methods that have been proven to be effective. You will get trained on how to provide children and their families with the best possible level of care and education.

Depending on whether you will choose to study full-time or part-time, on-campus or online, earning a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development will typically take you four years to complete. However, you can choose an accelerated program to complete your degree in less time.

UOTP aims to provide qualitative education at an affordable price. So we can assure you that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your degree. You can have a clearer idea of how much you will be spending on your education by calculating your school cost. Not to forget that UOTP offers financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources to keep your education affordable.

If you are to complete the degree in Early Childhood Development, you will be prepared to teach and guide children from infancy through third grade. You will study how to assist children in the development of social, personal, and intellectual abilities and how to prepare them to continue and further their education. Some of the top jobs include preschool teacher, childcare center director, nanny, childcare worker, kindergarten teacher, and many more.

Yes, you can. The University of the Potomac gives you the opportunity to choose whether you want to enroll in an on-campus or online Early Childhood Development program. It is entirely up to you to choose how you want to get your degree.

It all starts with you deciding to study Early Childhood Development. After you make sure that you meet the UOTP admission requirements, you check the application deadline and start with the application procedures. Not to forget that you can always contact an admission officer to help you with the whole process.

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