Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration
Description and Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration builds on the foundations of early childhood development best practices while preparing you to administer early childhood programs focusing on children from birth through age 8. Foundation coursework concentrates on growth and development, applied theory, health and nutrition, lesson planning, business administration, program leadership and advocacy, current issues and trends, ethics and professionalism, and strategies for building family and community relationships in a diverse society in the early childhood field.
The course curriculum blends theory and practice, and provides a general education foundation in ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills to support leadership roles and responsibilities in diverse environments.
A field experience component will require students to spend time working on project-based learning assignments in an early childhood setting (preschool, home childcare setting, or childcare center). Students may be required to show proof of a background check, immunizations, and additional site-specific requirements as part of securing the site for the field experience component.
This program is intended for students who wish to advance their career by assuming a leadership or administrative role in an early childhood development setting. This program is not intended for individuals who are pursuing a license to teach early childhood education in a public or accredited private elementary school.
The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.
Accelerated Master's Degree Options
If you are interested in earning a master's degree in human services, legal studies, psychology, or public administration, consider an accelerated master's degree option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.
- Knowledge Base: Apply knowledge through active participation in coursework and review of current practices in child development, learning theory, program administration, leadership competencies, and financial management in early childhood programs.
- Child, Family, and Community Relationships: Formulate strategies for building family and community relationships in a diverse society.
- Observation and Assessment: Evaluate developmentally appropriate observation and assessment techniques to administer and inform instructional planning for children and their families.
- Learning Environments: Evaluate developmentally appropriate principles, tools, and practices to create effective learning environments for young children.
- Ethics and Professionalism: Demonstrate use of professional standards, ethical values, critical inquiry, and advocacy practices of the early childhood field through the review of case study scenarios.
- Individuality and Cultural Diversity: Illustrate the importance of individuality and cultural diversity of children and their families to learning and development.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Grid to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|CS204||Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace||3|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Fundamentals of Science|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|Total Core Requirements||33|
|AC113||Accounting for Nonaccounting Majors 1||5|
|CE100||Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development 1, 2||5|
|or CS121||Pathways to Academic Success|
|CE101||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||5|
|CE114||Early Childhood Development 1||5|
|CE215||Early Childhood Curriculum Planning||5|
|CE220||Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health 1||5|
|CE240||Young Children With Special Needs||5|
|CM206||Interpersonal Communications 1||5|
|MT203||Human Resource Management 1||5|
|PS124||Introduction to Psychology 1||5|
|PS220||Child and Adolescent Psychology 1||5|
|CE300||Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood||6|
|CE370||Funding Development and Financial Planning in Early Childhood Programs||6|
|CE371||Early Childhood Administration||6|
|CE401||Current Issues and Trends in Early Childhood||6|
|CE402||Early Childhood Family, Community, and Advocacy||6|
|LI410||Leadership in Practice||6|
|CE490||Bachelor's Capstone in Early Childhood Administration||6|
|Total Major Requirements||103|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 3||44|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||44|
These degree requirements can be waived for students who are eligible for advanced start credit with a prior degree. See Advanced Start Credit in Bachelor’s Degrees in the Prior Learning Assessment section for details.
Online students will take CE100 Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development.
Eligible students who choose to complete an accelerated master's degree option will take four graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.