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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Early Childhood Education

College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Overview

FIU Online’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development Track is a fully online program that focuses on learning and development during the early childhood years. The undergraduate degree addresses the development of the whole child. You’ll learn about cognitive, language and social/emotional development of young children, as well as general and early education theory and practices. (Note: This track does not result in teacher certification.)

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Your undergraduate degree will prepare you for careers in childcare, child development, and early education for children from birth to five years of age. FIU’s meaningful and engaging curriculum includes courses on classroom management, development, assessment techniques, family engagement, children with special needs, cultural diversity and literacy development. This degree is completely online, so you can study anywhere, anytime.

Our online courses are challenging and stimulating, and we work hard to ensure that our online students enjoy the same high quality academic experience as our on-campus students. With 24/7 technology, you can connect with other students, share documents and get real-time feedback from instructors. You’ll even have a personal success coach to guide you along the way.

Why Apply?

Early childhood education and development benefits children, their families and their communities. The early years of a child's life is the most critical time of growth and learning. In fact, 85 percent of a child's brain develops by age five, before a child even enters school. Early childhood specialists have a tremendous influence on shaping a child's future, helping young children to thrive, learn and transition successfully to elementary school.

Degree Objectives

The Early Childhood Development Track focuses on understanding the learning and development during the early childhood years. Students will learn about the cognitive, language and social/emotional development of young children within the context of family and community studies. Although this track and degree do not result in a teach certification, students also learn about general and early education practices and curricula.

This program provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Early childhood programs and curriculum
  • Child development
  • Early social and emotional development
  • Special needs of children and their families
  • Community and young children
  • Teaching beginning literacy, math and science

FIU's B.S. in Early Childhood Education prepares students for a meaningful career focused on early childhood development. With a growing body of research that underscores the importance of early childhood education and development, there is increasing demand for high quality early care and education, and in turn, increasing demand for early childhood specialists in a variety of early childhood settings.

Industry Statistics

Employment of preschool teachers, for instance, is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, and employment of workers in early care and education centers is expected to grow by 20 percent during the same time. The population of children 3 to 5 years of age is also on the rise, and as the number of early care and education programs grow, the need for early care and education center directors will increase as well. Employment for preschool and childcare center directors is projected to grow by 51 percent in the individual and family services sector (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education – Early Childhood Development track, is a total of 120 credits, 60 each in both upper and lower division courses.

Professional Education Courses

There are a total of 30 credit hours taken in the area of professional education courses focusing on foundations, teaching methods and curriculum and early childhood education.

Foundations

Classroom Management EDF 3251
Provides teachers understanding, skills and dispositions for successful classroom management. Prerequisite: EDP 3004. Co-requisite: EDG 3321

Cultural/Social Foundations of Education EDF 4604
Examines the cultural and social realities of teaching and learning in the U.S. Questions of class, race, ethnicity, gender and language are discussed.

Educational Psychology EDP 3004
Application of principles for understanding individual differences, learning, adjustment, classroom environments and assessment to instructional and educational issues. Challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness are addressed.

General Instruction Decision Making EDG 3321
Instructional decisions facing classroom teachers including HOTS, multiple intelligence, learning styles, technology, theory and models of instruction. Co-requisite: EDF 3251

Teaching Methods and Curriculum

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Art ARE 3313
Knowledge and skills for the development and implementation of art experiences in the elementary curriculum for the elementary classroom teacher.

ESOL Principles and Practices TSL 3080
Introduces issues, principles and practices of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings EEX 3070
Focuses on the foundations of inclusive education, characteristics of students with disabilities, instructional strategies and collaboration among educators and parents.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Educational Programs EEC 4005
Philosophy and theories of early childhood education programs; physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. This course has a field component. Students should apply with Field Experiences Office of College of Education to be placed in a school.

Issues in Early Childhood Education EEC 3204
Introduces issues related to schooling of children age three through grade 3. This course has a field component. Students should apply with the Field Experiences Office of College of Education to be placed in a school.

Special Needs of Children and their Families EEC 3403
Focus on understanding family problems, children’s behavior and intervention methods.

Early Development Courses

After completing the core professional education courses, students take a total of 30 credit hours in the area of early development that includes a focus on child development, family and community studies as well as literacy, language and reading development.

Child Development

Assessment, Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Young Child EDP 4275
Intellectual, emotional and personality assessment of young children. Prerequisite: EDP 3273

Child Development EDP 3273
Examination of child growth and development from conception to age 8.

Early Social and Emotional Development EDP 4274

Personality, social and emotional development in early childhood.
Prerequisite: EDP 3273

Family and Community Studies

Communities, Families and Young Children EEC 3408
This course focuses on the varying cultural contexts of young children and the influences these environmental elements have on child development.

Family Literacy and the Young Child EEC 3400

This course will provide an understanding of family literacy within the context of language and culture and introduce students to school and home-based literacy methods.

Literacy/Language/Reading Development

Children’s Literature LAE 4405
Focuses on the exploration of children’s literature and its role in early childhood classrooms. Current theories and methods about integrating literature into all curriculum areas from a developmentally appropriate practice perspective will be discussed.

Language and Literacy Development RED 3313

Introduces linguistic elements of English, language development, emergent literacy, and their impact on L1 and L2 students.

Pre-selected Elective Courses

Students also take 9 hours of pre-selected elective courses.

Education in History EDF 3521
An examination of the concepts of childhood, and process of social initiation in differing historical American contexts. This course examines the transformation of the American public school system as it reflects the social, political and economic character of the development of the nation from 1620 to present.

Integrated Math and Science in Early Childhood EEC 4211
This course prepares pre-service teachers to understand developmentally appropriate practices in math and science for young children and apply them to real-world integrated settings.

Play and Development of Social Competence EEC 3315
To examine the role of play behaviors as they relate to social competence and academic development in the early years.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.
Please note: This track does not result in teacher certification.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

Please submit the following:
  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.
Transfer Students

Please submit the following:
  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:
  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

The below requirements for full admission into the Early Childhood Development program may be completed at FIU.

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • 60 credit hours of lower division coursework.
  • University Core/General Education or an A.A. degree from a Florida public, accredited institution.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:
Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33265-9003
USA

FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Laura Dinehart

Laura Dinehart
Dr. Dinehart’s research interests include school readiness and developmental outcome of children from high-risk environments, including children in the child welfare system. She has published numerous journal articles and presented at several national conferences.

Laura Dinehart

Daniela Foerch
Dr. Foerch’s research interests are in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, language and literacy development, teacher's discourse in the classroom, and the use of Visible Thinking routines to cultivate thinking dispositions in young children.

@ A Glance


120Credits Required

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  • Fully online degree
  • Every undergraduate student is paired with success coach
  • High demand for early childhood specialists, preschool teachers, childcare workers and preschool directors
  • Program starts: Fall, Spring, Summer
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