100% Online. Flexibly Paced. Only $2,500-$7,500 Per Year.

Eastern University's undergraduate BS in Early Childhood Education prepares excellent teachers and educational practitioners who can serve in a variety of early learning and elementary school settings. Students are trained to communicate effectively, think critically, embrace cultural and linguistic diversity, utilize technology appropriately, practice inclusive interventions, learn independently and collaboratively, and serve competently in their chosen field. This program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining the Certification in Early Childhood Education (PK-4).

Program Details

  • Delivery: 100% online at your own pace within 7 week terms.
    • Exceptions: The student teaching is the only class with scheduled online weekly meeting times. Also, field experiences will be in-person at a location near you.
  • Length: 2-4 years depending on if you have an Associate degree or previous credits. Around 60 credits required in the major, depending on credit evaluation.
  • Cost: Only $2,500-$7,500 out of pocket per year! Learn more below.
  • Start Terms: Every 7 weeks. Apply online today!

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Tuition & Fees
  • Cost: Only $2,500-$7,500 out of pocket per year! 
    • Grants from Eastern and public sources make this possible. Learn more about our astonishingly affordable price.
      • Textbooks: Affordable and hassle-free online textbooks are built directly into your online courses. The cost of these materials will be added to your student account or you can opt-out and choose to pay out-of-pocket. Learn more.
Financial Aid

Financial Aid: Many of our students qualify for significant federal and state financial aid and military benefits. Submit your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for all financial aid! 

Funding Opportunities

Students already teaching in early childhood education programs may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Pennsylvania Scholarship Program, which:

  • covers most of the cost for tuition and books
  • provides a travel stipend each semester
  • secures paid release time for the student to attend class, study, or handle personal needs
  • secures a stipend or a raise for the student at the end of the scholarship year
  • assigns a counselor to assist students in scholarship management and career development

Those currently working in a DHS-licensed early learning program in Pennsylvania may be eligible for funding through one of the Professional Development Organizations. Southeastern PA ECE PDO or PASSHE PDO.

Student Testimonial

Which Program is Right for Me?

    BS in Early Childhood Education (this program) BS in Early Childhood Studies
    Admission GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Admission GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
    PDE Basic Skills requirements needed for admission  No PDE Basic Skills requirements needed for admission 
    Student teaching required Student teaching not required
    Our Student Teaching Coordinator assists you in obtaining a PK-4 placement Graduates can work toward their certification after graduation
    “I have had exceptional instructors in this program.  Their knowledge of the field was so valuable, and their current work in many different education-related roles really helped me to understand the material as it is being used in classrooms today.  The program also transferred seamlessly into the graduate program, which I was able to complete entirely online around my new busy role as a mother.”

    Danielle Morra, BS in Early Childhood Education

    Accredited by NAEYC

    naeycThe Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Program at Eastern University received accreditation by NAEYC's Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education ProgramsOur initial accreditation term runs from March 2023 through March 2025.

    State Authorizations

    Please check the State Authorizations page to determine if Eastern University’s program fulfills your state credentialing requirements. Students who seek similar credentialing in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to contact the appropriate credentialing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance about credentialing in your state of residence. Additional state or local district requirements may exist for field placements in this state. Out-of-state student placements cannot be guaranteed by the program or the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Students are responsible for following all state and local district requirements and regulations for their field placement.