Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Age 5)

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Age 5)
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UC Online’s Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (ECE) offers a program to round out and enhance educators’ Birth – Age 5 educational experience. This program is designed to build on associate degree competencies to strengthen professionals’ ability to design and implement developmentally appropriate learning environments for children Birth–Age 5.

Whether you are in a preschool, Head Start program, child-care center, family childcare environment, or just interested in getting started in the field, our online program provides the flexibility and accessibility you need.  Our courses give you information and strategies that you can learn today and apply in the classroom tomorrow! This degree does not lead to Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 licensure.

Early Childhood Education Program Highlights:

  • Start-to-Graduation Support: Every student enrolled online is assigned a dedicated Academic Advisor and also a Student Success Coordinator providing one-on-one support. They are your on-campus partners who can help you manage your time and ensure you’re meeting degree requirements to get you to graduation.
  • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO Scholarship: Current Ohio early childhood professionals may be eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses. Visit OCCRRA to apply.
  • 100% Online: All coursework is completed online – no campus visits are required!
  • Flexible Scheduling: Offering part-time and full-time options, our online program is designed with busy, working professionals in mind.
  • Three Start Dates per Year: With courses offered year-round, students are offered the convenience of beginning their degree in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
  • Accredited: The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Rights (CECH) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Nationally Ranked: UC Online’s BSEd in Early Childhood Care & Education is currently ranked as the 2nd Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education by
Our Guiding Principles:
  • To provide accessible education to early childhood teachers.
  • To support teachers, families, staff, administrators, and children they serve.
  • To help programs meet state and federal mandates and quality initiatives.
  • To help teachers meet educational goals.
  • To strengthen workplace learning.
  • To create technology-proficient teachers.
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