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Online Bachelor of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education Emphasis

The online Bachelor of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education Emphasis explores best practices in early childhood education, supports children’s inquiry and development and solidifies your skills to become a leader and advocate in the field. This emphasis area prepares you to work as an educator who supports young children’s development and collaborates with families.

Note: This emphasis area is only available to students who are taking classes 100% online.

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Early Childhood Education Emphasis Details

Classes and Scheduling

The online Bachelor of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education Emphasis is a 120-credit program that includes the following:

  • Early Childhood Education Emphasis Courses – 28 credits. Includes four credits of upper-division electives and 24 credits from the Inquiry-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate.
  • Required Courses – 12 credits
  • Electives – 0 to 23 credits
  • Technical Education Credits – 20 to 48 credits. These may be from a technical associate degree (AAS or equivalent), an advanced technical certificate (ATC), or an intermediate technical certificate (ITC) that you have already earned from an accredited institution.
  • University Foundations Courses – 37 credits. These general education credits may be met through transfer coursework or will be incorporated into your degree plan.

Review the following table for details on the early childhood education emphasis courses.

ED-ESP 221 Foundations of Professional Practices: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development3
ED-ESP 360 Environments and Observation in Early Childhood3
ED-ESP 361 Place-Based and Outdoor Education in Early Childhood3
ED-ESP 362 Fieldwork in Early Childhood: Place-Based Education3
ED-ESP 363 Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Childhood3
ED-ESP 364 Fieldwork in Early Childhood: Inquiry-Based Learning3
ED-ESP 365 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education3

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the undergraduate catalog site.

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Costs and Scholarships

The early childhood education emphasis is only available to students who are taking classes 100% online. Students who take classes 100% online pay $375 per credit during the 2024-25 academic year. Estimated book costs for the entire program equal $1,500. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.

Students applying to this program are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help fund their education.

Note to Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to the early childhood education emphasis.

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Career Opportunities

Gain hands-on experience, develop your technical skills and network with other learners across the country. As a student in this program, you will be well-prepared to work as an early childhood educator, support young children’s development and collaborate with families.

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Military and Veteran Students

Boise State Online’s Bachelor of Applied Science is well-equipped to accommodate military service members and is an approved AU-ABC program. Whether you are on active duty, a veteran or a civilian, our team is here to support you as you earn your bachelor’s degree.

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