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Online Early Childhood Education Degree | BA

The online B.A. Completion Human Development: Early Childhood Education and Development Concentration program allows students the flexibility of balancing life and school by taking coursework online when it is convenient for them.

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2 years full-time or 5 years part-time

30-60 credits required for completion

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

Online B.A. Human Development: Early Childhood Education and Development Concentration

An ideal degree program for working adults, this bachelor’s completion program focuses on working with diversity in early childhood classrooms and understanding how social and cultural elements effect that learning environment and a child’s development.

This human development program is tailored toward adults who have taken foundational coursework in Early Childhood Education or a related field or have prior experience working with children. Courses focus on the mastery/utilization of child-centered curricula, working with diversity in early childhood classrooms, and understanding the importance of social and cultural context to a child’s development.

Sample Courses

Early Childhood Themes and Lifecycle Issues

Each stage of life poses a task to be accomplished. These tasks appear as challenges and bring the chance for growth, but also a fear of failure and discomforting disequilibrium. Themes which begin in early childhood – attachment, separation, autonomy, accomplishment and failure – recur later in the life cycle. Understanding of their beginnings and knowledge of psychosocial developmental theories enable adults to be aware of the resolution of these themes in their own lives, as well as in children’s lives. This class meets the research competency.

Working with Bicultural Children

This course focuses on the methodological issues as they relate to effectively working with bicultural children. Learning theory and motivational concepts based upon research with bicognitive children will be examined. Bicultural curriculum and bilingual program components will be discussed. Students will be required to participate in several on-site classroom observations in bicultural and bilingual settings. Particular emphasis will be placed on integrating the principles of bicultural development into the practical application of an effective Educational approach.

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Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 48 units from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
    • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
    • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts from All Institutions Attended
  • Personal Statement