Program Overview

University of Nebraska offers an online Bachelor of Science in Child, Youth & Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society for students who wish to be educators at the early childhood level.  Students will learn about social sciences related to the care of children, and the psychological and social development of children from young ages to adolescence. Students will learn practices for educating children and the responsibilities and roles in the classroom.

Students will further their understanding of the psychological needs of children as they develop. Classes include teaching in a democratic society, typical and atypical growth and development, instructional technology and the preservice teacher, math methods, phonics and word study, primary grades literacy, management and assessment in preschool and elementary classrooms, partnerships with families, foundations of early childhood education, literacy methods for the preschool teacher, childcare administration, children’s literature, and math for elementary teachers.

Students completing the program will have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications for entry into early childhood education and licensure as an early childhood educator.  These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to deepen knowledge of child development, to critically examine issues, trends, and current research in the early childhood field, to understand foundational theories of research and practice related to the early childhood field, and to learn to address inequities and advocate for children and families.

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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


    To participate in the early childhood bachelor's degree option, the student must have completed their general studies courses prior to transferring to UNK.

    School Overview

    The University of Nebraska - Lincoln has been in the distance education business for more than 100 years. The Lincoln campus, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, was chartered by the legislature in 1869 as a land-grant university. Since 1909, distance education became a part of the school, providing opportunities to individuals with a lack of local options for education. The paper-based correspondence courses of the 20th Century eventually evolved into the online distance education programs of today - offering the same quality and rigor of on-campus counterparts.

    Programs extend from bachelor's programs, to graduate opportunities, including several different doctoral degrees. Studies range from science and business, to education and human services. Programs are offered completely online, in addition to blended formats.


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