BA in Early Childhood Development & Education

Division of Adult Education Degree Completion Program

No more than 61 hours may be completed online or off-site.

Minimum of 124 academic credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 are required for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development & Education.


The BA in Early Childhood Development & Education is a non-certification degree completion program designed to prepare early childhood professionals to make a difference in the lives of children and families within the context of home, school and community. Course work and practical experiences help students interpret and integrate the ever-growing body of knowledge about children and their environments. Special attention is given to examining the implications of theories, research, and policies.

Admission Requirements

You must successfully complete the following course work:

Degree Requirements

58 hours of Core Curriculum Requirements:
12 hours English (ENG, SPC, LOGIC)
9 hours Social Studies (AIS, HIS, PSC)
3 hours Mathematics (MTH 1513)
8 hours Science (BIO, SCI/GPS)
3 hours Foreign Language
9 hours Additional Bacone Requirements (REL, AES, CLE)
14 hours General Electives (ART/THE and PSC/SOC required, other)

29 hours of Professional Requirements:
MGT 2223 Principles of Management
PED 1002 Introduction to Education
PED 2002 Educational Technology
PED 2102 Legal Issues in Education
PED 3103 Educational Psychology
PED 3113 Multicultural Issues in Educ
PED 3203 Educ of Exceptional Child
PED 3303 Classroom/Behavior Mgmt
ECH 4102 ECH Capstone Seminar
ECH 4116 ECH Capstone Experience
**ECH 4112 ECH Internship Seminar
**ECH 4216 ECH Insternship

37 hours of Specialization Requirements:
ECH 2102 Foundations of ECE
ECH 2103 Child Development (Birth - 8yrs)
ECH 2203 Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECH 3003 Creative Experience & Play
ECH 3103 Family, Schools & Communities
ECH 3123 Infant & Toddler Brain Dev
ECH 4103 Integrated Curriculum & Assessment
ECH 4113 Organization & Administration of ECE
ECH 4203 Science, Social Studies & Math in ECE
HPE 2212 Motor Skills Dev of the Young Child
REA 3003 Children's Lit, Literacy & Tech
REA 3103 Lit, Language & Cognitive Dev

Other Requirements:

Computer Literacy: demonstrated through completion of appropriate high school or college course or testing out.

Reading Proficiency: demonstrated through appropriate ACT score or completion of developmental Reading courses.

Outcomes Assessment (CAAP Test): required after completing 60 credit hours of general education coursework.