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Secure your future with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education with a built-in minor in early childhood special education from Ball State University.

Our degree can give you a distinct advantage within a variety of early childhood settings. And your studies will prepare you for a workplace where Head Start and pre-K teachers are required to hold advanced degrees.

Plus, the program is offered online and designed especially for full-time child care professionals. Courses are taught by early childhood faculty within Ball State’s nationally recognized Teachers College—the same people who teach our main-campus classes.

Why an Early Childhood Degree from Ball State?

  • Education with PurposeOur curriculum has been designed to go beyond simply increasing your knowledge about teaching children from birth to age 5. For instance, we know that many early childhood programs include special-needs populations, so our curriculum includes a minor in early childhood special education.
  • Competitive Tuition Costs and Incredible Scholarship Opportunities. Ball State offers one of higher education’s best values with quality online programs recognized by many in combination with competitively priced tuition. Plus, if you are actively working in an Indiana-based child care program, you may qualify for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship that can cover 80 percent of your tuition and textbooks and includes other bonuses.
  • Learning from the Best. Our early childhood faculty professors are known throughout the nation for their early childhood education research, and they are active in their field. Many serve as advisors or supervise student teachers in early childhood centers across the state. And they are active with professional organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Plus, our professors have experiences similar to you because they have been teachers or directors for early childhood programs.
  • A Degree with Weight. Our course work is rigorous and our graduates are highly desired because of the solid foundation they bring to the workplace.
  • Convenience and Flexibility. Ball State is the only public university in Indiana that offers an online bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Assignments are weekly, but you can complete them at the location and times of day most convenient to you.

What You Will Learn

The BS in early childhood education is designed to give you competencies in:

  • Promoting Child Development and Learning. You will learn to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • Building Family and Community Relationships. You will understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.
  • Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families. You will gain experience in systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • Teaching and Learning. You will integrate your professional knowledge and your relationships with children and families to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  • Becoming a Professional. You will learn about ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice and how to become an informed advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

Who Should Apply?

Our program is specifically for child care professionals who have an associate degree in early childhood education. Learn more about admission requirements and how to apply.

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Online Education at Ball State

U.S. News: Best Online Bachelor's DegreesBall State’s history stretches back to its beginning in 1918 as a teacher training institution. We have been offering online courses and degrees since the 1990s. Plus, Ball State’s Teachers College offers one of the largest array of online educator preparation programs of any university in the United States. Learn more about online and distance education at Ball State.

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Ball State’s early childhood bachelor’s degree was developed in accordance with the standards outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Higher Learning Commission.

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