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Educational Studies and Community Leadership: Preschool Specialization B.S. Degree

  • BS iconOur Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and Community Leadership Preschool Specialization gives you the knowledge and skills to work effectively with early learners (birth to age 4) and their families in both the public and private sectors. Other than some classes that have school-based hours, this program can be completed fully online. This program can be funded through the TEACH Scholarship Program.


    Program highlights:

    • Quality program offered at an affordable cost
    • Courses offered online, face-to-face or a blend of the two
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are used in this concentration
    • Quality experiences in the field with two practicum and one internship supervised by experienced educators

    NOTE: This degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.

  • Admissions Guide 

    Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to this 60-credit program, you need:

    • An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school to include A.A. degree general education requirements) 
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.00 scale in all college classes

    NOTE: This degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.

    Degree path for AA to BS

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    Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3-5.

    Good news for Head Start employees 

    This program meets the intent of the federal Head Start Act that requires at least 50 percent of Head Start Teachers nationwide have a bachelor’s or advanced degree in early childhood education by 2013; or a bachelor’s or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education.

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