Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies is an accelerated program offered online. Admission to this program requires an associate’s degree in Early Childhood and current employment in the early childhood field. It is important to note that this degree does not lead to an elementary (K-8) teacher certification. This program is interdisciplinary in nature and takes classes from Education, Psychology, Religion, and Literature subject areas.

The prerequisites of this program are a General Psychology course, an Introduction to Education course, and an Education Practicum. This degree is intended to advance a career in the Early Childhood field, including positions in daycare and after school care.

The aforementioned prerequisite courses can be taken within the context of the student’s required general education courses, with the exception of Intro to Education and the practicum. Students must complete 25 credit hours of general education courses.. These courses include classes in English/Composition, Business Mathematics, Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, History, and Political Science. The purpose of general education classes is to give a student a liberal arts education, which provides an individual with a broad foundation that shapes the way a person thinks and approaches the world. Students must also devote 41 credit hours to elective courses that compliment the student’s focus.

The required courses for this major aim to prepare a student to meet the challenges of the Early Childhood field. Required courses include: Math and Science for Young Children, Legal Issues in Early Childhood, Diversity Issues in Early Childhood, Creative Arts for Young Children, Family Education and Advocacy, Leadership Issues in Early Childhood, Childhood Development, Children’s Literature, Infant and Toddler Development, and Survey of Biblical Literature. This course of study designed to inspire its graduates into being faith-driven educators and leaders.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Admission to this degree completion program requires an associate’s degree in Early Childhood and current employment in the early childhood field.

    School Overview

    Rochester College is a four-year, liberal arts institution of higher learning located in Rochester, Michigan, which is a northern exurb of Detroit. The school was founded in 1959 as North Central Christian College by members of the Church of Christ. The establishment of this school was to provide a Christian college in the North Central region of the United States. Although the school maintained its Christian roots, the board decided to add a liberal arts curriculum. After another name change a few years prior, the board adopted the name Rochester College to more accurately portray the school’s liberal arts influence in a Christian environment. Rochester College offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.


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