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

  • Location: 100% Online 
  • Delivery: Flexibly-paced within 7-week terms.
  • 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.
  • Enrolling New Students: Every 7 weeks. Apply online for free!
  • 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.
  • Financial Aid: Many of students qualify for significant federal and state financial aid and military benefits. Submit your FAFSA to determine your eligibility. Students already teaching in early childhood education programs may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Pennsylvania Scholarship Program. Learn more below! Submit your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for all financial aid.

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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

    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.