Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration

Early childhood education degrees

The online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration can help prepare you to become a leader in the early childhood field. Pursue opportunities in a variety of fields, whether you want to operate or own your own early childhood program, or even manage an early childhood agency or organization.*

Both government and private-sector organizations have been placing a greater emphasis on improving early childhood care and learning. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there is a growing need for early childcare center directors. Employers may prefer candidates who possess an early childhood administration degree.

This social science bachelor's degree is designed to enhance your knowledge in:

  • Early child growth and development
  • Early childhood education and curriculum
  • Business and management
  • Early childhood leadership and advocacy

Kaplan University instructors are professionals in business and early childhood-related fields. They bring years of experience to the classroom in early childhood leadership positions, overseeing special needs programs in both private and public organizations, as well as agencies such as Head Start. Many of our instructors have also owned and operated their own preschools. Their experience can help you develop a broader perspective and gain real-world insights into the early childhood field.    

While you earn your Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about:*

  • Center-based programs servicing young children
  • Public and private agencies providing or overseeing services to young children
  • Fundamentals of teaching young children
  • Professional development positions in early childhood programs
  • Owning your own early childhood care or education facility

At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program.

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How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: Online Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 103

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • AC 113: ACCOUNTING FOR NONACCOUNTING MAJORS Change

      This course emphasizes the use of accounting by managers in a business environment. Topics covered include accounting concepts, internal control, current assets, noncurrent assets, liabilities, and equity. The course is specifically designed for nonaccounting majors, and emphasis is placed on accounting areas affecting business owners and managers.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 101: INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Change

      This course will present an overview of the field of early childhood development. Students will learn the foundations necessary to provide safe, healthy, high-quality care for young children. An emphasis will be placed on governing standards and regulations, historical perspectives, and current trends. This course will also focus on what it means to be an early childhood professional and will assist students in developing effective professional practices in the field.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 114: EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT Change

      This course surveys the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth through age 8. In order to provide developmentally appropriate care giving, nurturing, and instruction for the most important developmental years in life, topics will include: attachment issues, developmental milestones, and developmentally appropriate strategies. Using their understanding of how young children develop, students will discuss issues in early childhood care, safety and health concerns, guidance techniques, and behavioral expectations.

       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 215: EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM PLANNING Change

      In this course, students will study teaching methods for educational settings that serve young children. Attention will be given to developmental domains, strategies for planning, organizing the learning environment, facilitating teacher-child interactions, guiding children’s behavior, conducting lessons, assessing, care giving, supporting play, and addressing standards through integrated and emergent curriculum.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 220: CHILD SAFETY, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH Change

      The course is designed to help students advance their knowledge of the factors that affect the health, nutrition, and safety of the young child. Students will be able to identify common childhood illnesses and their causes, discuss the nutritional needs of healthy young children with those of children who have allergies or chronic disease conditions, discuss healthy menus using current information, and explain the basics of adequate nutrition to children and caregivers. Students also will identify safe indoor and outdoor learning activities and suggest ways to create environments that maximize safety.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 240: YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Change

      This course is designed to help future early childhood care professionals become effective caregivers and advocates for young children with special needs and their families by learning how to apply strategies to address learning differences. Students will explore some of the more common learning differences and disabilities currently encountered in the inclusive classroom. They will explain the value of early identification of special needs and the importance of intervening early, in accordance with relevant federal legislation. Students also will demonstrate how to communicate and collaborate with families in real-world situations for the benefit of the child with special needs.
       

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CE 101

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CM 206: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS Change

      This course introduces students to the principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to be a more effective communicator in professional and personal situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the communication process, the influence of perception on communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction, listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management, and effective communication strategies.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any College Composition I course

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • MT 203: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Change

      In this course, students will examine the processes involved in human resources from a managerial perspective. Students will examine the functions of human resource management, including job analysis, staffing, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, labor relations, and legal requirements.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • PS 220: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course will explore the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and personality development of human beings from conception through the end of adolescence. Students will develop an understanding of developmental theories and research methods used to investigate developmental change, the theoretical bases for our understanding of how human beings change, and the contextual and cultural factors that impact the growth and development of children.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      PS 124

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 300: OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD Change

      This course prepares students to use the various methods of assessment and observation, including standardized and authentic assessment strategies, as a way to assess children’s growth and the development of knowledge and skills. Students will apply assessment strategies through virtual field experiences and case studies to identify developmental levels, interests, and abilities, and interpret the data collected. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 370: FUNDING DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS Change

      This course will focus on early childhood funding development and financial planning to create high-quality, sustainable programs in various early childhood fields. Topics addressed include efficient accounting systems and funding streams in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on creating fund development plans based on sound financial planning, which align with program vision, philosophy, mission, and goals.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 371: EARLY CHILDHOOD ADMINISTRATION Change

      This course will provide an overview of early childhood administration with emphasis on high- quality program development, evaluation, accountability, and continuous improvement. Research-based strategies will focus on developmentally appropriate practices for program quality and compliance. This course will prepare you for administrative roles within the field of early childhood working with diverse children and families in the community.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 401: CURRENT ISSUES AND TRENDS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD Change

      This course will focus on current issues and trends in early childhood including current policy and legislation that affects the field. Topics addressed include foundations of education for all children, current research, applied theory, ethics, and professionalism. The emphasis will be to examine issues and trends in early childhood through multiple perspectives from a historical and contemporary viewpoint.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 402: EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND ADVOCACY Change

      This course will focus on the multiple needs of children from diverse backgrounds in the context of family, school and community. Emphasis will be placed on partnering with diverse families in reciprocal relationships building on families’ strengths to meet the variety of needs of children. Research-based practices will focus on the professional role of advocacy in early childhood including the use of a wide variety of community resources to support children and families.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CM 410: ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION Change

      This course focuses on the foundation, study, and implementation of effective organizational communication. Different theories will be identified, discussed, and critiqued. Students will study the major components of organizational communication including leadership, conflict and conflict management, teamwork, and ethics. Additionally, students will read and critique case studies showing organizational communication in professional applications.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CM 220

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • LI 410: LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE Change

      This course examines leadership theory and practice, focusing on elements such as effective leadership behavior, the differences between leadership and management, leading change, and how leadership impacts people and systems in a continually changing global and virtual environment.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CE 490: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD ADMINISTRATION Change

      The Bachelor’s Capstone in Early Childhood Administration is the culminating course of your degree plan. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses you have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides you with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your coursework in a professional e-Portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of the stated outcomes of your degree program. In this course, you will reflect on the learning you have achieved in your courses. You will also develop resources that you can use in your career as an early childhood administrator.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission of the Dean

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

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    • CE 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT Change

      Early childhood professionals establish an environment for the early learning success of the children they serve. This course provides the opportunity for the early childhood student to prepare for success in the Kaplan University classroom environment. Topics addressed include roles, responsibilities, and various career opportunities within the field, professional standards, personal management tools, strategies, and university resources. Additionally, students will preview the portfolio assignment that will be developed in the final capstone course in the program.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

    • CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS Change

      Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CE 100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 44

    Total Program Credits: 180

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

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