Online Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies

Learn how to influence and shape young children’s lives with Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Applied Science in early childhood studies. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with career-leading skills to approach child development in a purposeful way. This BAS is designed specifically for students who’ve earned an Associate of Applied Science. Don’t have an AAS? Check out our Bachelor of Arts in Education in educational studies with a concentration in early childhood studies.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What you’ll learn in this early childhood studies BAS

Early childhood encompasses major developmental changes in young children’s lives. In this BAS in early childhood studies, you’ll learn about the development of children from birth to age five. Throughout your coursework, you’ll gain skills needed to positively influence this young age group so they can succeed in school and into the future. Classes in this program are designed for professionals already in children’s educational and developmental settings, such as Head Start, preschools and child care.

How is a Bachelor of Applied Science degree different from a BA or BS degree?

 

This online BAS in early childhood studies helps you lay the foundation to shape young children’s lives. A Bachelor of Applied Science differs from a BA or BS because it’s generally more career-oriented with a focus on applicable concepts and skills for the field. Additionally, this BAS is designed for students who’ve earned an Associate of Applied Science.

  • Students who’ve earned an AAS from a regionally accredited institution may transfer 60 credit hours toward their BAS.
  • Students who’ve earned an AAS from a regionally accredited Arizona community college may be eligible to transfer up to 75 credits toward their BAS.

Please note that this BAS doesn't lead to teacher certification. You should also plan to meet with an academic advisor to ensure your courses will meet degree requirements.

If you don’t have an AAS and aren’t planning to earn one, please check out ASU Online’s Bachelor of Arts in Education in educational studies with a concentration in early childhood studies.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Early childhood studies BAS courses

The curriculum in this early childhood studies BAS provides individuals working in early childhood settings with the knowledge and skills needed to improve school readiness in young children. Coursework topics include emerging language and literacy, highly individualized teaching and learning, and computer and mobile technologies. In order to complete this program’s coursework, you’ll need to plan for experiential learning opportunities with children from birth to age five in the field.


PAF 410: Building Leadership Skills (SB)


ECS 430: Systems, Policy, and Advocacy in Early Childhood/Special Education


ECD 322: Cognition and General Knowledge: Science, Math, Logic and Reasoning


ECD 310: Applied Early Child Development


ECS 321: Communication, Language Development, and Emergent Literacy


ECD 327: Becoming a Teacher Leader


ECD 476: Intentional Teaching


ECD 325: Supporting Dual Language Learners


What can I do with an early childhood studies BAS?

This BAS in early childhood studies prepares you for diverse career opportunities in the childhood development field. Rewarding careers range from early education in private or public settings to home-based child care. Upon completion, you’ll be equipped to face challenges in the field and redefine young children’s futures. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Child Care Worker


Growth: -2.0 %
Salary: $28,520

Education Professor


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $66,930

Preschool Director


Growth: -3.0 %
Salary: $49,690

Preschool Teacher


Growth: 3.4 %
Salary: $35,330

Learn about children’s education from leaders in teaching

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Learn about children’s education from leaders in teaching

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

How to apply

You’re eligible to apply for this program if you have attended one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities and earned your Associate of Applied Science (AAS). To apply to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at ASU, please follow these steps.

Step 1: Speak to an enrollment counselor

Step 2: Find out how your credits transfer to ASU

Step 3: Complete the online application

Step 4: Send your transcripts

Step 5: File your FAFSA

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Join an innovative school for education

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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