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From birth through age five, children acquire the basic capabilities that lay the foundation for later success. Your specialized skills and passion for teaching can make a huge difference during these critical years. A degree from Concordia can give you the tools to create engaging class work and activities that promote child-centered learning, as well as skills to partner with and communicate with families of the children you teach.
If you enjoy working in an early childhood education setting and want to further your career in this field, a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education should be the next step in your journey. This is a non-licensure program designed for those who have some college credit and want to complete their bachelor’s degree. Our flexible, fully online program is open to students at all education and career levels. Because it’s online, the program can be customized to fit your individual needs and busy schedule. Log in any time of day, complete assignments with realistic deadlines, and immediately apply what you learn.
Working in collaboration with other early childhood education students provides built-in networking and support. Working with Concordia professors ensures that what you’re learning is current, relevant, and meaningful.
In accordance with the Early Childhood Professional Preparation standards outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), successful students who complete the BS in Early Childhood Education will:
The general education requirements consist of 31 credit hours, in addition to 15 credit hours for elective courses:Transfer Foundation (14)
The early childhood education lower-division requirements consist of 33 credit hours:
Lower division courses MUST be completed prior to upper division courses. The early childhood education upper-division requirements consist of 45 credit hours:
A minimum of 124 semester hours are required to graduate. Students must complete enough elective hours to meet this requirement. Students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of upper division credit. HUM 351 and REL 401 are courses that must be completed at Concordia University.
Students should be aware of the prerequisite courses needed for their major courses. In many cases these prerequisites should be taken to satisfy the General Education requirements, especially in the Math and Science areas. Please see the Academic Catalog for more details.
Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.