Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

Early Childhood Education (B.S.)
Early Childhood Education Banner
  Online Program

A career teaching young children is highly rewarding. By focusing on the early childhood education field, you’ll have a direct influence on the formative lives of young learners. Entry-level opportunities to enter this field are available to those with a two-year degree or less; however growth opportunities and earning potential expand as you advance your education, and an online bachelor’s degree is valuable for those who are passionate about a career focused on the early childhood education setting.

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is Early Childhood Education?

This program is designed for individuals seeking career options in early childhood care settings. Courses in this program prepare individuals to be qualified early childhood education and child care providers. This major offers a model curriculum which addresses standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The completion of this degree qualifies individuals for the Early Childhood credential through the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services. This degree does not lead to public school teacher certification through the Department of Education.

Why study Early Childhood Education at UNH College of Professional Studies?

A career teaching young children is highly rewarding. By focusing on the early childhood education field, you’ll have a direct influence on the formative lives of young learners. Entry-level opportunities to enter this field are available to those with a two-year degree or less; however growth opportunities and earning potential expand as you advance your education, and a bachelor’s degree is valuable for those who are committed to growth in a career focused on early childhood education.

The UNH College of Professional Studies offers two bachelor’s degree options in Early Childhood Education:

  • A pathway that leads to New Hampshire Department of Education certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
  • A non-certification pathway focused on Department of Health and Human Services credentialing coursework.

This program is available to new students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. See Availability in Your State for more details.

Potential Career Areas

  • Lead Teacher, Child Care Center
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Childcare Worker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant for Preschool, Elementary School, or Middle School
  • Education and Childcare Administrator
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Lead Teacher, Child Care Center
  • Child Care Center Director

About this Program

The UNH College of Professional Studies offers two bachelor’s degree options in Early Childhood Education:

  • A pathway that leads to New Hampshire Department of Education certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
  • A non-certification pathway focused on Department of Health and Human Services credentialing coursework.

This program is available to new students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. See Availability in Your State for more details.

 



Early Childhood Education Options


CERTIFICATION

The Early Childhood certification will prepare individuals to teach children in public schools beginning at the nursery school level to Grade 3, and Early Childhood Special Education certification will prepare individuals to work with infants, toddlers, and children who are at risk of being identified as needing special education services or who are already identified as needing special education services.

This is a field-based program for qualified participants working or volunteering in an approved program or education setting. The key components of this program include mentorship of the teacher candidates with highly skilled professionals in the field, the hands-on experience of working with children in educational settings, and the opportunity to build your teaching capacity over time.

View the full course requirements:

Certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

 

NON-CERTIFICATION

This program is designed for individuals seeking career options in early childhood care settings. Courses in this program prepare individuals to be qualified early childhood education and child care providers.  This major offers a model curriculum which addresses standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The completion of this degree qualifies individuals for the Early Childhood credential through the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services.

This degree does not lead to public school teacher certification through the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Course Highlights


  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 8

…and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

Students pursuing an associate degree at their local community college are encouraged to explore our Transfer Pathway! This resource lists the courses your associate degree should contain at your community college, as well as the remaining courses you’ll need to take at UNH College of Professional Studies to complete your bachelor’s degree!

View Your Transfer Pathway

  • Great Bay Community College
  • Lakes Region Community College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Nashua Community College
  • NHTI – Concord’s Community College
  • River Valley Community College
  • White Mountains Community College

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Programs leading to teacher certification or licensure are available to new students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.

Learn more about these tuition assistance options

Curriculum & Requirements

This program is designed for individuals seeking career options in early childhood care settings. Courses in this program prepare individuals to be qualified early childhood education and child care providers. This major offers a model curriculum which addresses standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The completion of this degree qualifies individuals for the Early Childhood credential through the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services. This degree does not lead to public school teacher certification through the Department of Education.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
EDC 501 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 4
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
PSY 470 Child Development 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
EDC 502 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
EDC 503 Language and Literacy Development 4
EDC 504 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings 4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
EDC 505 Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education 4
EDC 506 Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 8 4
EDC 507 Early Childhood Program Administration 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
EDC 601 Positive Behavior Guidance in Early Childhood Education 4
PSY 480 Infant and Toddler Development 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
EDC 602 Learning and Early Childhood Environments 4
SOCI 675 Child Abuse and Neglect 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
EDC 712 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 4
EDC 713 Family and Community Relations in Early Childhood Education 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
EDC 797 Practicum: Professionalism in Early Childhood Education 4
Elective 4
 Credits8
 Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
 
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Early Childhood Education
Foundational Courses
PSY 470Child Development4
EDC 501Foundations of Early Childhood Education4
EDC 502Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 503Language and Literacy Development4
EDC 504Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood Settings4
EDC 505Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 506Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 84
EDC 507Early Childhood Program Administration4
Intermediate Courses
PSY 480Infant and Toddler Development4
EDC 601Positive Behavior Guidance in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 602Learning and Early Childhood Environments4
Advanced Courses
EDC 712Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education4
EDC 713Family and Community Relations in Early Childhood Education4
SOCI 675Child Abuse and Neglect4
Integrative Capstone
EDC 797Practicum: Professionalism in Early Childhood Education4
Total Credits60

Electives

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

 
  • Develop knowledge and skills in promoting child development with an understanding and application of developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and evaluate meaningful curriculum for all children.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to communicate and collaborate with children, families, and professionals.

Your Prior and Current Learning Counts


Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are experts at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

Learn More



iSocial and the Pyramid Model

UNH CPS is proud to support the New Hampshire Department of Education and their iSocial State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). The goal of this grant is to improve social-emotional outcomes of infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities (birth to age 5) through the implementation of the evidence-based Pyramid Model Framework.

Learn More



Attend a Teacher Prep Info Session

We have online Information Sessions regularly scheduled, which give you valuable insights into our teacher certification options.

Register Now



Career Outcomes

Talk with your advisor to discuss how your program, experience, and goals align.