Ball State’s bachelor’s degree completion program in early childhood education (birth through age 5, nonlicensure) requires you to fulfill at least 120 credit hours to graduate. And, since you will be transferring credits in from your previous institution, many of those credits will likely apply to the 120.
Once you are accepted into the program, your advisor will help you develop a customized plan of study. To graduate, you will need:
At this time we are offering two online courses each semester; however,
if you would like to move through the program more quickly, you can work
with the advisor to see what options you may have.
Spring and fall courses within your major will be 16 weeks each and start during the last half of August (fall term) or early January (spring term). A few 8-week courses are offered in core curriculum subjects. Summer courses are either 5-weeks or 10-weeks and start in early May or mid-June.
Successful completion of our bachelor of science in early childhood education program (birth through age 5) does not lead to certification or licensure in any state. (Note: Indiana does not offer a pre-K license.)
A good source to review individual requirements for early childhood teacher certification or licensure in the state(s) you wish to teach is the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD).
Testing and Advanced Credits
Ball State provides you opportunities to gain college credit via exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Ball State departmental exams. If you are a veteran, you also may qualify for credits for military service.
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