Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Early Childhood
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National University’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education gives you the tools and skills to make an impact in the lives of young learners. Fostering a love of learning in children under the age of eight can set them up for success throughout their entire educational journey. Beyond learning academics, early childhood education focuses on social and emotional development and helps young minds develop a positive outlook on education. Whether you’re looking to advance your career as an early childhood educator or begin in the field, a bachelor’s degree will give you a competitive edge in the job market.
The BAECE program at NU is based on a conceptual framework of current theory, contemporary perspectives, and sound research findings. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, practice, reflection, and field experiences needed to become efficient, competent, and an effective professional in the field. You’ll learn to design appropriate learning environments, individual and adaptive curricula, and instructional strategies and techniques to maximize learning outcomes.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s BA in Early Childhood Education program, you will be able to:
- Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education
- Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children
- Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children
- Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning
- Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children
- Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood education
- Create positive relationships and supportive interactions with young children
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch this video to hear Professor Lori Piowlski talk about the need for passionate, heartfelt, lifelong learners to join us in NU’s Teacher Education Department.
“Right now, early childhood is at such a crossroads and we really need passionate, heartfelt, lifelong learners to come into this field, who can really take charge and become agents of change.”
-Chair, Teacher Education Department, Professor
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“This degree will help me to make an impact in my community by providing me with the appropriate tools, methods, theories, and practices in the Early Childhood Education field to provide my current and future classes with the highest quality of education I can provide them.”
– Lisa Alcantara, Class of 2022
Early Childhood Education Program FAQs
Overall, if you want to have a career that involves teaching and helping young children, an early childhood education degree might be the best choice for you.
ECE units refer to early childhood education units. They are essentially units of measure akin to credits for courses related to early childhood education or early childhood development.
Early childhood education (ECE) focuses on the academic, social, and cognitive skills that develop in children from birth through age 8 according to NAEYC. Elementary education refers to the primary education that comes after preschool but before middle school (typically kindergarten through fifth or sixth grade.)
Online elementary education degree programs that can prepare you to become a kindergarten teacher are available, though you’ll need to complete a student teaching requirement in person. NU does offer a BA in ECD with ITL, which can prepare candidates to meet the TK requirement as well as obtain the multiple subject credential. Read about online bachelor’s degree programs in elementary education and their typical course requirements.
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