Bachelor of Science in Early Care & Education for a Mobile Society (Great Plains IDEA)
South Dakota State University

Program Details

The online Bachelor of Science in Early Care & Education for a Mobile Society (ECEMS) bachelor completion degree focuses on providing professional support for children and their families. Career opportunities include positions in childcare centers, preschool programs, Head Start, and before and after-school programs.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

Participating schools include:

  • Iowa State University
  • Michigan State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

South Dakota State University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Associate Degree

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

This is a bachelor completion program. Degree completion requires 120 credits, including prior college credits for transfer. Required credits may vary, depending on your home university. At least 51 hours are offered online.

Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals