B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Nonlicensure)

College of Arts & Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, offered entirely online, will prepare you to make a difference in the care and well-being of children. This unique program, supported by a Christian foundation, provides both the comprehensive study of education and business operations so that you are equipped to provide excellent, affordable care for young children.

  • Discover how children from birth through age 8 develop and how to shape curriculum to help them thrive.
  • Practice creating effective lesson plans, using proven teaching methods, and strengthening your assessment techniques.
  • Understand best practices for establishing high-quality, innovative center designs and services.
  • Learn the fundamentals of business and personnel law as well as marketing and management necessary to own and/or operate an early childhood center.

Career Opportunities:

  • Preschool or Childcare Center Director/Administrator
  • Early Childhood Facility Owner/Operator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Education Consultant
  • Parent Educator
  • Community Care Licensing Analyst

Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 120 +

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you're at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

College of Arts & Sciences Tuition Rates

Program Type



  • 12-18 credit hours per semester
  • Less than 12 credit hours

Sessions E and F, 2017

  • $7,950 (over 18 credits hours add $530/credit hour)
  • $530/credit hour

From Session A, 2017

  • $8,325 (over 18 credits hours add $555/credit hour)
  • $555/credit hour

Evening/Online (8-week classes)

$395/credit hour

Professional Development/Non-degree

$250/credit hour

Early College

$155/credit hour


Student Fees




Application Fee(On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)



One-time fee, non-refundable

Enrollment DepositOn-Campus Students

Enrollment DepositEvening/Online Students



Fee is deducted from tuition costs

Graduation Fee (On-Campus & Evening/Online Students)


One-time fee upon submission of graduation application

Technology Fee (On-Campus, Evening/Online, and Professional Development Students)


Supports information technology

Undergrad Support Fee (On-Campus, Evening/Online, and Professional Development Students)


Contributes to undergraduate academic and administrative operations

Undergraduate Student Activity Fee (On-Campus Students only)

$100/Term, Fall & Spring only

Contributes to undergraduate student activity operations

Health Center Fee (On-Campus Students only)

$45/Semester, Fall & Spring only

Contributes to health center for students living on campus

Parking Fee (On-Campus and Early College Students)


Applies to students desiring to park their vehicles on campus

New Student Programming Fee


One-time fee applied to all incoming students


Optional Fees


Late Payment


Incurred per session, in the event of late tuition payment

Late Registration


Incurred per session, in the event of late registration

Course Fees

$70-200 per course

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Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2013 to 2022.

The B.S. in Early Childhood Education is not a route to a Virginia teacher licensure. Those seeking teacher licensure should consider the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (PreK-6).

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