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Why study Early Child Care and Development online through OSU?

The Bachelor of Science in Early Child Care and Development prepares students to promote positive development for young children in a variety of work settings such as infant and toddler programs, childcare centers and homes, military child development/care centers, preschool programs, before and after school and Head Start programs. Students in the program are typically working professionals, advancement seekers and career changers and may be enrolled part- or full-time.


The 120-hour bachelor’s degree program can be completed mostly online at your desired pace. Practicum experiences will require some in-person classroom observations and interactions. Courses are semester-based, and coursework must be completed to meet assignment deadlines. 


Military friendly

This program provides education for careers on and around military bases.


  • Curriculum developed by early child care experts at seven universities
  • Practicum experiences provide hands-on opportunities and exposure to real-life scenarios
  • Focus on ethics and guidelines related to early childhood practice
  • Classroom management and program administration experience
  • Degree program does not lead to teacher licensure
  • Prior to Practicum I, students are required to become certified in First Aid/CPR and must also complete a background check. Costs may vary.

Course information



Teacher with studentsFind admission requirements for online, freshman, international, readmission, concurrent and other students. 


Admission to the program is a two-step process: 

  • Admission to Oklahoma State University 
  • Admission to the degree program after completing 30 hours of coursework and other requirements

Students must complete general education courses (45 credit hours) and electives (24 credit hours) at OSU or another institution. To be eligible for the final 51 credit hours at OSU, students must apply and be admitted to the Early Child Care and Development program. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.

You should  apply as a transfer student if you have attempted a minimum of seven semester hours of college-level credit after graduation from high school. 


Transfer Credit Guide



Tuition rates for this program are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for textbooks and course materials. Please note, the cost estimate is for the final two years (51 hours) of the program.

2023-2024 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $435
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,305
Estimated  cost $22,185



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