Academics, accelerated

Early Childhood Studies, BS (Accelerated)

summer 2024 | Session A
Classes Start

April 27

Summer 2024
Classes Start

June 22

Program Overview

Whether you’re already working as an early childhood professional or are interested in becoming one, you can benefit from this highly ranked degree program. RCU’s Early Childhood Study program is a great option for completing your degree or enhancing your skills for career growth. You’ll gain exposure and experience in various preschool settings through required observation hours. Please note: The early childhood studies program does NOT lead to any teacher certification.

degree requirements

Our Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Childhood program is a designed to help you complete your degree and continue to work in the early childhood field. Courses cover child development and learning, family education, and diversity issues, among others. Several of the courses require observation hours, providing you with experience in the preschool setting. Please note, for this major, a criminal background check completed within the past 12 months is required before being accepted to the university.

The early childhood studies program does NOT lead to any teacher certification.

  • Lead teacher in a Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
  • Lead teacher in a Head Start
  • Lead teacher in any other private or public program serving children from birth to age five
  • Program administrator in an agency that advocates on behalf of children and families, or a supervisor of individuals with an associate’s degree working in the same facility

Total Credit Hours: 120

  • General Education Core: 38 hours
  • Early Childhood Studies Major: 45 hours
  • Electives: 37 hours

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Career Opportunities

Types of Jobs

  • GSRP
  • Head Starts
  • Preschool
  • Programs serving ages birth through 5
  • Childcare center directors

$33,000

$41,000

$52,000

Avg. Salaries post graduation

(Courtesy of Salary.com for Preschool Teacher) 

Market Trends

Projected Growth (2021-2031): 11%
Projected Job Openings (2021-2031): 63,100

(Courtesy of O*Net Online) 

student experience

Internships

Clubs

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Activities

alumni testimonial

I chose the ECS program at RCU because it was a quicker and more efficient way of getting my degree while working. I prefer online classes with smaller groups rather than a [large] university. This program is very beneficial to becoming a future educator and it pushes you harder to focus and succeed due to the acceleration of the courses.

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