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BS Early Childhood Education (non-licensure)

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.

Fall 2019
Program Length 26 Months
Credits 124 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
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Courses are taught by experts in the field, many with preschool and primary-age experience
building blocks
An ECE degree is an ideal stepping stone toward an MAT degree (and becoming a licensed teacher)
An ECE degree can help prepare you for a career in educational leadership
Courses are held online and run for eight weeks
Students and teachers stay connected through interactive discussion boards
hands reach
The ECE internship provides the opportunity to put theory and skills into practice
You can finish any required general education courses either online or on campus
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Program Goals & Objectives

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple facets of child development as they create learning environments where all children thrive
  • Establish reciprocal family and community relationships, respecting diversity as they partner with families and communities in various aspects of children’s learning and development
  • Use their understanding of assessment in a responsible manner as they collaborate with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning
  • Implement various developmentally effective approaches and tools to enhance learning and development through positive relationships with young children and families
  • Utilize their knowledge of content to create meaningful learning experiences that promotes comprehensive learning and developmental outcomes for all children
  • Conduct themselves as ethical professionals and life-long learners who demonstrate reflective perspectives, make informed decisions, and advocate for sound educational practices


Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (124 Credit Hours)

The general education requirements consist of 31 credit hours, in addition to 15 credit hours for elective courses:

Transfer Foundation (14)
  • WR 121 – English Composition (3)
  • Humanities (3)
  • Physical Education (2)
  • MTH 110 - Math for Life or above (except MTH 231) (3)
  • SCI 110 or lab science - Intro to Science with Lab (3)
Spiritual Formation (6)
  • REL 211 - Old Testament (3) OR REL 221 - New Testament (3)
  • REL 401 - Faith for Life (3)
Intercultural Experiences (5)
  • HUM 351 - Challenges of Global Diversity (3)
  • REL 371 - World Religions (2)
Studies in Arts & Sciences (6)
  • Social Science (3)
  • Writing above WR 121 (3)

The early childhood education lower-division requirements consist of 33 credit hours:

  • ECE 210 – Introduction to ECE (3)
  • ECE 220 – Development of the Young Child (3)
  • ECE 225 – Child Safety and Protection (3)
  • ECE 230 – Learning Environments for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 240 – Integrated Strategies for Teaching (3)
  • ECE 245 – Art, Music, & Movement (3)*
  • ECE 250 – Language and Literature (3)
  • ECE 260 – Working with Infants & Toddlers (3)
  • ECE 270 –  Children with Special Needs (3)
  • ECE 280 – Guiding the Young Child’s Behavior (3)
  • ECE 285 – Partnering with Families (3)
*Must be completed at Concordia

Lower division courses MUST be completed prior to upper division courses. The early childhood education upper-division requirements consist of 45 credit hours:

  • ECE 340 – Well-Being of the Child (3)
  • ECE 350 – Innovative & Creative Approaches to Learning (3)
  • ECE 360 – Literacy & the Young Learner (3)
  • ECE 365 – Social Studies & Young Child (3)
  • ECE 370 – Exploring the World of Math (3)
  • ECE 375 – Children as Scientists (3)
  • ECE 390 – Equity and Justice in ECE (3)
  • ECE 420 – Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
  • ECE 430 – The Teacher as Researcher (3)
  • ECE 440 – Observing, Documenting, & Assessing Young Children (3)
  • ECE 475 -- Character & Ethics of the ECE Leader (3)
  • ECE 495 – Administration & Development of Early Childhood Programs (3)
  • ECE 490a – ECE Internship (4.5)
  • ECE 490b – ECE Internship (4.5)

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.

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I absolutely enjoy the program and the way it is working. I am a fully online student, which helps me be able to work full time and go to school full time.


See where a BS in early childhood education could take you

  • Head start teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Director of early childhood education program
  • Early childhood education trainer
  • Early childhood education family liaison
  • Faith-based early childhood education director