Gain a full understanding of early childhood educational development and behavior.

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies program is designed to help equip you with the skills needed to begin, or advance in, careers in child care and early childhood studies (from birth through age eight or third grade). The program is not designed as a teacher certification program nor does it lead to state licensure.

We provide childhood education professionals with a recognized degree that may prove invaluable when pursuing growth and promotion opportunities in administration, management, or specialized areas.

Enjoy Flexibility – 40 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – 100% online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $295 per month

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies is aligned with the professional standards in the field, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This program provides you with multi-disciplined knowledge, insights, and strategies that you can apply to the job right away. You will receive a comprehensive education that comprises foundational liberal arts courses as well as specialized courses covering ECS-specific topics such as child development, educational psychology, and curriculum design.

For students who have accumulated undergraduate credits and would like to transfer those studies to a recognized and accredited college degree program, Aspen also offers a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies degree completion program.

Successful completion of the program may enable graduates to work with age-appropriate child care organizations, early childhood education programs, preschools, private kindergartens, private elementary schools, and Head Start programs. Additional information about the Head Start and Early Head Start programs can be found at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

For more information about the program, see the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • High School Transcripts – An official high school transcript or its equivalent. Waived if student has completed at least 15 credits of college-level course work.
  • Official Transcripts – Official transcripts for all previous college credit earned.
  • Minimum GPA Requirement – A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for all previous high school or college credit.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)