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B.S./B.A. in Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Prepare for Teaching or Administration

Prepare to work with children up to age eight by pursuing this program taught by experts that is ranked number one in Oregon and number 16 in the nation.

Prepare to work with children up to age eight by pursuing this program taught by experts that is ranked number one in Oregon and number 16 in the nation.

Program Highlights

$252

cost per credit hour

180

credit hours

4

years to complete

About the Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education

The online degree program in early childhood education is a great pathway if you want to become a kindergarten or elementary school teacher (this is a non-licensure program). You might also need this degree if you are working an early childhood job already. EOU’s program will give you in-depth knowledge of how children develop. Then, you will learn the programmatic and educational practices that will benefit them the most.

Our Early Childhood Education program is award-winning. We have been ranked on both The Best Schools and College Choice lists of best online programs. Most recently, our program was ranked number four on the Great Value Colleges’ list of Top 30 Affordable Early Childhood Education Degree Online Programs.

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We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-805-5399 or complete the request for information form and we will be in touch.

Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in early childhood education requires both Core 1 and Core 2 courses. Core 1 courses investigate stages of development such as play, literature, health and wellness, technology and critical issues.

Core 2 courses are Methods courses, which introduce processes and procedures for teaching specific subjects. Then, your teaching practicum gives you supervised experience in a real classroom. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

Our early childhood education program does not offer licensure. If you would like to be licensed, you can continue to a graduate school program for teaching.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool. 

Amanda Machuca Martinez
“I love the flexibility of online schooling through EOU. I can fit in all that I need to get done throughout my day and I can do schoolwork at a time that is convenient for me. …Thus far, I have had a great online experience at EOU and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering continued education.”
– Amanda Machuca-Martinez; former EOU student

Admission Requirements

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*only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

Online Experience

The Value of an EOU Online Degree

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $45,360. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $252.*

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Explore the early childhood education field
  • Confidently work with young children
  • Support and advocate for young children
  • Prepare for licensure programs
  • Create high-quality educational materials and programs
  • Develop appropriate learning experiences

Career Outlook

For kindergarten and elementary school teachers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a projected growth of 3 percent through 2028, with a median annual salary of $57,980.¹

Higher enrollment numbers will create a higher demand for qualified preschool and childcare center directors and administrators. The median annual salary for those positions is $47,940 with a 7 percent job growth rate through 2028. Some schools and programs require licensure, which can mean a higher salary.²

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about the online bachelor’s in early childhood education program.

Besides teaching, your degree can prepare you for administrative positions such as an early childhood program director or early childhood program administrator, an early childhood educational coordinator or an early childhood policy maker. Besides schools, you could work in mental health facilities, businesses, private programs or churches.

Since some schools and programs require licensure, your next step would be to find a licensure program.

If you transfer the maximum number of credits, you can complete this program in two years.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

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¹Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm

²Preschool and Chlidcare Center Directors. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm#tab-1

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