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Early Childhood

Bachelor of Applied Science


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- U.S. News & World Report, 2024

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500

*Up to 60 credits may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution.

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Program Details

Expand your career potential in early childhood education. The BAS in Early Childhood (BAS EC) will prepare you to pursue a broad range of rewarding career paths critical to ensuring children's early intellectual and emotional development, without requiring a teacher certification. This may include working with a non-profit, opening your own home care center or working in a private preschool. 

Through this program, you will develop a deep understanding of how to best meet children's developmental and learning needs from birth through age 8. This includes understanding child development and early childhood developmental domains (cognition, social/emotional, language, self-help and motor/physical). You will learn to recognize early learning and development theories and apply developmentally appropriate practices.

Through hands-on experience, you will also have the opportunity to nurture core leadership, teaching, mentoring and coaching skills required for managing or directing early childhood centers. A 15-week internship requirement at the end of the program provides an engaging environment to demonstrate your professional skills, as well as complete a required three-week teacher action research project. Placement may include non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools, early childhood facilities, community services or a private business. 

This program curriculum has been aligned to Arizona Early Learning Standards, Arizona academic standards for K-3, and National Association for the Education of Young Children professional teaching standards.

Although the BAS EC opens many new opportunities in the field, this program is not intended to provide teacher certification. Students wishing to pursue teacher certification should explore the Elementary Education program with an Early Childhood Endorsement.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

TEDV 473: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Early Childhood Environments
TEDV 482: Early Childhood Language and Literacy
TEDV 474: Teaching Exceptional Children in Early Childhood



Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood will build core skills, including:

  • Using appropriate teaching and assessment practices
  • Relating human development and early learning (ages 0-8)
  • Creating learning environments that address each developmental domain
  • Building family relationships that honor cultural values
  • Essential leadership skills

The BAS in Early Childhood Education will prepare students for the following careers and advanced education opportunities:

  • Non-profit Children's Services
  • Child Care Center Leadership
  • Home-Based Service Provider
  • Private Preschool Teacher
  • Master's of Arts in Education