Jun 19, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development (Online Degree Completion), BA or BS

The School of Education offers an online bachelor’s degree completion in Early Childhood Development (ECD). This ECD degree is designed for working adults who prefer the flexibility of an online program and have completed approximately two years of college course work. Most lower division general education, early childhood education courses are not offered online through SOU and must be taken on campus or at local community colleges. To help facilitate transfer of students into this online ECD degree, SOU works with community colleges to identify appropriate lower division early childhood prerequisite and general education courses essential to the major.  The program offers upper division course work needed for a bachelor’s degree in ECD. For more information, visit sou.edu/education/ecd or contact education@sou.edu.

Students who complete the coursework in ECD may choose to work in the early childhood profession and/or to apply to the Master in Education program for continued graduate-level study. Those wishing to teach early childhood/elementary levels in public schools may apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at SOU to achieve a teaching license. For students who are going to apply for the MAT program, it is recommended that they include the MAT prerequisite classes in their general education program (see the MAT program prerequisite list).

Requirements for the Major


Complete the lower division University Studies requirements before taking upper division (300- and 400-level) courses.


Complete lower division early childhood prerequisite courses, or an A.A. or A.S. in Early Childhood Education or a related field. For a list of frequently asked questions, visit www.sou.edu/education/ecd or contact education@sou.edu.


Complete a minimum of 60 credits in the major.


Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA for all upper division coursework in the major.


Fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements as stated in the catalog.

Practicum Courses

Complete 6 credits from the following:


Complete a minimum of 3 credits of upper division electives from any subject.