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

Eastern University's undergraduate BS in Early Childhood Studies prepares excellent teachers and educational practitioners who can serve in a variety of early learning 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.

Program Details

  • Delivery: 100% online at your own pace within 7 week terms
    • Note: Field experiences will be in-person at a location near you.
  • Length: Approximately 2.5 - 4 years depending on if you have an Associate degree or previous credits. 45 credits are required in the major.
  • 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! Also, learn more about the T.E.A.C.H. Pennsylvania Scholarship Program below.

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 Studies (this program) BS in Early Childhood Education
    Admission GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above Admission GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above
    No PDE Basic Skills requirements needed for admission  PDE Basic Skills requirements needed for admission 
    Student teaching not required Student teaching required
    Graduates can work toward their certification after graduation Our Student Teaching Coordinator assists you in obtaining a PK-4 placement


    • Growth in PA career pathway
    • Child Care Industry
    • Certified Teacher in PK-4th grade*
    • Continuing Education options

    *FAST FACT: The job outlook is currently greater than average for preschool teachers! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)