Program Overview

Brandman University offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education at many California locations or completely online. Earning the advanced understanding of early childhood education may open many doors for student teachers seeking to move into a new position or when entering the education field.

The specific area of study in early childhood education can also be known as elementary education and includes kindergarten through the fifth grade. Most children enroll in elementary school starting with kindergarten (usually five to six years old) and finish secondary education with twelfth grade (usually eighteen years old). Education in elementary settings may consist of public schooling, private institutions, or home schooling. Student teachers should be responsible for creating lesson plans, disciplinary actions, fostering creativity as well as exude proper ethics and professional behavior.

Students pursuing the BA in Elementary Education may alleviate the growing need of well-trained and educated professionals, willing and able to inform, educate, and influence the lives of children. Teachers, public or private, should have the abilities to develop school-aged children into socialized and intuitive individuals who are prepared to take on the next level of education in high school or college. The bachelors program may prepare individuals for careers in early care and education. The specialized curriculum focuses on building the knowledge, skills, and professionalism needed to provide early care and education for school aged children. The BA program requires students to complete 120 credits, comprised of courses delving into topics of: Child Growth and Development, Teaching in a Diverse Society, and Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Math and Science & Language and Literacy.

In addition to the core courses, student teachers should also develop a solid understanding of culture, equity and diversity, child development and learning, observation, assessment, and meaningful curriculum and instruction methods. Successful students may use the BA degree in Early Childhood Education to sit for initial contingent licensure, and should supplement previous education experiences and designations.

Graduates should demonstrate core abilities in basic education requirements in teaching, research, applied course work, and social activities of local communities. Student teachers may be able to obtain entry-level career opportunities, teaching, and substitute teaching in addition to using the degree as foundation for further educational aspirations at the Masters or Doctorate level of education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    Based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) professional preparation standards, the program is designed to complement previous early childhood educational training and fieldwork typically received in community colleges.


    Students must have completed 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent for admission to Brandman University.

    School Overview

    Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution that is a part of the Chapman University System. Founded in 1861, Chapman University is one of California’s oldest, most prestigious private universities and is located in Orange, California. Its overall mission is “to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.”  Steeped in academic tradition, this university offers quality education consistent with the needs of a new kind of student: one who demands the same high academic standards as a traditional university but whose life requires greater flexibility and real-world relevance in the curriculum.  With undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in Business, Arts and Sciences, Health, Education, and professional development, Brandman offers numerous fully-online programs to provide added flexibility for its students.


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