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
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.
Admission to the degree program after completing 30 hours of coursework and other
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.
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.