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

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.

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • Multi Award-Winning Early Childhood Education Program
  • Non-Licensure Program
  • Teaching Practicum Classroom Experience
  • Affordable Tuition

About the Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education

Eastern Oregon University’s Early Childhood Education degree program offers you the opportunity to explore the field of early childhood education and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to support, educate and advocate for young children. Through the program, you will receive in-depth knowledge of early childhood foundations, development and learning. You will be able to apply this knowledge to create high-quality early care and educational programs focused on developing appropriate learning experiences for young children. This degree will prepare you to work as an early childhood educator in both the public and private sectors. After completing your degree, you can pursue your teacher licensure at Eastern Oregon University through the Master of Arts in Teaching licensure preparation program.

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.

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. 

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“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

Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.*

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.

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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.

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

Each term is 11 weeks long.

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.

You’ll complete 180 credits to earn the Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. You can review courses now.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

²Preschool and Chlidcare Center Directors. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from