Program Overview

Eastern University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through 4th grade) is structured with the needs of working professionals in mind who wish to enhance their knowledge of the crucial developmental and educational needs of children at the early stages. Students will graduate prepared to build careers as educators with a specialization that is seeing increasing demand. While many early childhood teacher candidates plan to teach young children in public schools, others may enter careers in private schools or child care centers where they may take on leadership positions in addition to teaching.

Faculty are experienced professional educators who are currently or have been teaching in basic and special education classroom contexts. Students receive individualized attention from faculty and staff with the added benefit of resources online.

The ECE degree is offered by the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies and is designed for qualified working adults who have already acquired 60 credits or an associate of arts (A.A.) degree. It is designed to be completed in 10 terms (approximately 2.5 years and 66 credits).  Students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA, complete 190 observation hours and successfully pass the PECT exam and complete student teaching on the graduate level become eligible for Pennsylvania state teaching certification.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must have 60 credits or an AA degree.

    School Overview

    Eastern University is a private, Christian, four-year institution of higher education located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. The Christian university is affiliated to the American Baptist Churches. Founded in 1925 as a part of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the university broke away from the seminary in the 1950s to become its own separate entity known as Eastern Baptist College. In 1972 in an effort to welcome Christians of other denominations, the university dropped Baptist from its name to become Eastern College. In 2001, the university changed its name yet again to its current title.

    Eastern is a Christian university dedicated through teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and societal involvement to the preparation of undergraduate, graduate and Seminary students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service. Eastern students discover how to pursue this mission in over fifty programs offered by our colleges and seminary, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. Many degrees at all levels are available in online or hybrid formats.


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