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Purdue University Global | BS in Early Childhood Administration

Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program is designed to prepare students to enter the early childhood education field as an educator or administrator. Learn more about Purdue University Global's BS in Early Childhood Administration program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program should have strong communication skills and an eagerness to aid children in their early educational journey. They should also be creative and host strong critical thinking skills. Minimum eligibility requirements to apply to this program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

Build a strong foundation in educational and teaching practices for children age 8 and under, along with the business, management, and administrative skills to advance into leadership or ownership roles. Complete your courses 100% online, on your schedule.

● Program Highlights: Study early childhood education; curriculum planning; observation and assessment; child safety, nutrition, and health; psychology; organizational communication; the role of family and community, and more.

● CDA Credential: The program meets the education training requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™.*

● Career Opportunities: Childcare center director or worker, preschool teacher (excluding special education), program coordinator, early childhood consultant, preschool director, Head Start director or teacher

● Fieldwork Component: Gain hands-on experience by completing project- based learning assignments in an early childhood setting such as a preschool, home childcare setting, or childcare center.†

Program is not available in all states. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. This program will not certify graduates to become licensed teachers, is not intended for individuals who are pursuing a license to teach early childhood education in a public or accredited private elementary school, is not represented as meeting specific state Board of Education criteria for assisting with children and teachers in a public school setting, and was not designed to meet any specific state's requirements for licensure or certification.

Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

*Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Some Purdue University Global programs are not 100% online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration:

Coursework for this program focuses on early childhood curriculum, management practices, and leadership in an educational setting. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements (93 credits)

  • AC114: Accounting I (5 credits)
  • CE100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development (5 credits)
  • CE101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (5 credits)
  • CE114: Early Childhood Development 1 (5 credits)
  • CE215: Early Childhood Curriculum Planning (5 credits)
  • CE220: Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health (5 credits)
  • CE240: Young Children With Special Needs (5 credits)
  • CM206: Interpersonal Communications (5 credits)
  • MT203: Human Resource Management (5 credits)
  • CE300: Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood (6 credits)
  • CE370: Funding Development and Financial Planning in Early Childhood Programs (6 credits)
  • CE371: Early Childhood Administration (6 credits)
  • CE401: Current Issues and Trends in Early Childhood (6 credits)
  • CE402: Early Childhood Family, Community, and Advocacy (6 credits)
  • CM410: Organizational Communication (6 credits)
  • LI410: Leadership in Practice (6 credits)
  • CE490: Bachelor's Capstone in Early Childhood Administration (6 credits)

Core Requirements (45 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (15 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Math Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Physical Science Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Social Science Course (5 credits)
  • PS124: Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)
  • PS220: Child and Adolescent Psychology (5 credits)

Open Electives (42 credits)

*Speak to an Admissions Advisor or refer to the University Catalog for the Transfer of Credit policy.

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon completion of Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program, graduates could seek to expand their knowledge or further develop skills necessary for advancement in the field. In some cases, a graduate degree might be required to pursue administrative or management positions.

Master's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Education (for practicing teachers grades K-12)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology (K-12)

Career Paths:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program could be prepared for educational jobs in a variety of settings. They could also work with preschool, elementary, or special needs children.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Childcare center director
  • Early childhood consultant
  • Childcare center worker
  • After-school program worker

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