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Oklahoma State University

Bachelor of Science: Early Child Care and Development

This 100% online 120-hour degree program prepares students to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. Early Child Care and Development specialists create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child. Specialists design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development for young children. Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations. Career field and focus areas include infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, childcare centers and homes, military child development centers, before and after-school programs, and Head Start programs.

Early Child Care and Development is a 100% online undergraduate program delivered collaboratively by seven universities through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Admission to the program is a two-step process: 1) admission to Oklahoma State University, and 2) admission to the program after completing 30 hours and other requirements. 


  • Curriculum developed by early child care experts at seven universities.
  • Three practicum experiences provide hands-on opportunities and exposure to real-life scenarios.
  • Focus on ethics and guidelines related to early childhood practice.
  • Classroom management and program administration experience.
  • This program does not lead to teacher licensure.