Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education & Adolescent Development

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Early Childhood Education & Adolescent Development prepares you for licensure and to work with children and families in a variety of health, human services, and educational settings. This major encompasses all aspects of human growth and development from birth to adolescence with emphasis on the standards for professional preparation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Graduates may advance their careers in the early childhood education profession, become an administrator, or even operate an early childhood education program of their own. With the demand for jobs in the early childhood education profession always growing, this degree will empower you to achieve your dream career.

120 Total credits
$350 Cost Per Credit Hour
Oct 25 Next Start Date

Early Childhood Education & Adolescent Development CONCENTRATIONS

Students who choose to major in Child & Adolescent Development may complete a generalized program or select one of the following three concentrations:

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Early Childhood Studies

This concentration is for individuals who wish to pursue a career working with young children from birth to age eight, their families, and their communities. Students in this concentration will be expected to understand and apply the standards that serve as the foundation of the early childhood profession. Areas of focus may include infant/toddler programs, preschool settings, home-based service provider, childcare center director/supervisor, family support specialist, or other areas in early childhood education.

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Early Childhood Special Education

This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to work within the inclusive early childhood classroom setting with children who have special challenges. The concentration is built upon an established need for early childhood educators to enhance their skills in preparing for today’s classrooms where a variety of children with varying needs will be schooled.

The focus of this concentration is on best practice and educational accommodation, modification, disability-related laws and regulations, and professional preparation standards and competencies of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Areas of focus may include working in inclusive early childhood education programs, assist children on the autism spectrum disorder, assist with behavior management plans, becoming involved in advocacy for children with special needs.

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Teacher as Practitioner

This concentration is focused on a sound pedagogical foundation and potentially may provide graduates with many of the required courses needed to apply for teacher certification* in their respective states. The area of focus is early childhood education.

*Note: Teacher certification may be known as licensure or credentialing in other states.

  • 120 credit hour program (minimum)
  • Full & part-time options
  • Classes start every eight weeks
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • Emphasize the importance of integrating diversity and multiculturalism in developing curricula and managing child development programs.
  • Analyze and evaluate the theoretical perspectives of developmental psychology in various stages and phases of human development: infancy, early childhood, middle-childhood, and adolescence.
  • Analyze current issues as related to programs for children and compare/contrast and critique the most recent classroom assessment methods.
  • Create reciprocal, culturally, responsive relationships with families and communities.
  • Establish and maintain a safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy environment that meets the developmental needs of the children.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences that promote the social-emotional development, physical development, health, cognitive development, and general learning competencies of each child served.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with state-mandated health and safety requirements and processes.
  • Identify issues and needs for advocacy to support children and their families.

Applying Your Degree to Real World Experience

Graduates with an Early Childhood Education and Adolescent Development degree from Union excel in a variety of early childhood education careers. With this degree, you’ll be ready to guide the educational and developmental needs of children, from infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, to adolescence.

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Early Childhood Education Program Owners
  • Early Childhood Education Program Administrators
  • Home-Visitors

Stay Ahead of State & Federal Mandates

We understand that the changes to state and federally-funded early childhood education programs may seem overwhelming. Union Institute & University is here to help you to stay up-to-date with government mandates and regulations. Earning a degree while working full-time and caring for your family is a balancing act. Our online degree program is flexible, making it possible for you to live your life and learn at the same time.

“I wanted teaching experience and a degree where I can work with children and adults or families. I got the job that I wanted because of my degree. I always wanted to be a teacher and now I am in the profession that I love. I am also a first-generation college graduate.”

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Licensure Disclosure

Please see the Disclosure statement in CATALOG, p. 207. For additional information, including a breakdown by state, click here.