Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Development

Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Development

Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Development

Shape a Better Future

Play an essential role in the development of young children with an Early Childhood Development Degree online. Fresno Pacific University’s program teaches skills perfect for those who plan to work in education, childcare, social work or children’s ministry.

You will be prepared to nurture the development and address the social and emotional needs of children in kindergarten through second grade, including students with exceptionalities and those with special needs. Students will graduate prepared to take the multiple subject teaching credential exam necessary to work with young children.

Childcare & Preschool

The BA online in Early Childhood Development degree is geared toward those who currently serve, or want to serve, children in a variety of settings, and learn to work with students with exceptionalities in these settings. Teaching at the preschool level or providing childcare does not require a teaching credential. This program prepares you to nurture the development of children and meet their social as well as emotional needs.

Elementary Education

The online Early Childhood Development Degree prepares you to take the Multiple Subjects Teaching credential exam. The credential allows you to teach students at the K-6th grade levels. If you wish to teach children below the second-grade level and are actively looking for a job, you’ll need at least 24 units of early childhood classes, along with 6 units of special education courses. Graduate prepared to teach in a classroom setting and to work with parents in need.

Why FPU Online?

  • Accessible – Complete you bachelor’s degree 100% online
  • Relevant – The online BA is technology-focused; tuition includes an iPad used to enhance learning and communication
  • Preparational – Launch your career as a proponent of child development, prepared to teach in a school setting
  • Diverse – Apply your degree in a variety of ways, including teaching, childcare, social work, school psychology, and children’s ministry
  • Ethical – Become influential in guiding young children by applying Christ-centered values to the child development
  • Comprehensive – Address unique needs of young children, including students of exceptionality and those with special needs
  • Timely – 39 units, complete in 18 months, 2 intakes per year
  • Supportive – An academic advisor guides you from registration to graduation
What Our Students Are Saying

Career Outlook for Graduates

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of new preschool students has increased by 43 percent over the last 20 years in the U.S. This has led to a greater demand for teachers, counselors, specialists and administrators. By the year 2019, job availability for childhood educators is expected to rise by approximately 18%, the largest predicted increase in any area of education.

Specific careers for early childhood development degree holders including:

  • Juvenile Case Workers

  • Child care Center Manager

  • Home Service Provider

  • Children’s Ministry

  • Pediatric Hospital Liaison

  • Family Support Specialist

  • Early Childhood Education Specialist

  • Head Start Teaching

  • Nannying and Private Daycare Services

  • Curriculum Specialist

  • Child Development Educator or Specialist


Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $40 application fee
  • Two years' post-secondary experience
  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units to start major
  • 2.4 Minimum GPA
    • Students below a 2.4 GPA can submit a petition, resume, letter of recommendation and letter of explanation for consideration
  • Official high school transcripts or GED, as well as official transcripts from all colleges attended
Early Childhood Development Curriculum

The following courses are required as part of your 39-unit BA Early Childhood Development Degree Program:

BIB 314 – Jesus and the Christian Community 3 Units

This is a foundational course for all undergraduate students at FPU and an integral and essential part of the Degree Completion program. Central themes include Jesus, his teachings, the community he founded and the early years of the Christian movement. More than simply a traditional Bible class, it provides students with both academic and practical opportunities for learning and growth within the broader community of the Degree Completion program. The interactive approach to learning moves students beyond knowledge and understanding to doing, living and being.

May not be audited.

ECD 305 – Early Child Growth and Development 3 Units

This course focuses on an advanced study of human development through a study of diverse cultural backgrounds. Professionals are provided a culturally sensitive account of developmental processes that assist their young students to develop the skills, understanding and sensitivity needed in a pluralistic society. From a multicultural perspective and a focus on typical and atypical child growth and development, the course includes studies in the cognitive, physical, social, cultural and emotional development of children from conception to age eight. Research, historical data, theories and recent trends are studied and applied through real-world case studies and applications.

ECD 300 – Child, Family and Community 3 Units

Students will examine the systems and relationships among family, school and community and their impact on a child’s development. Included are a study of ethnic diversity, social class, customs/heritage and gender roles on family behavior, values, morals, attitudes and the development of children.

May not be audited.

ECD 310 – Human Diversity and Relations 3 Units

The purpose of this course is to expand the student’s understanding of the influences of gender, culture, economic situation, learning styles and language on the socialization of children. Students will learn how to use this new understanding to inform the way to develop programs for and interact with children.

May not be audited.

ECD 483 – Child Observation Practicum 3 Units

This is the second section of the course in which students reflect and apply their knowledge gained from multiple courses in the child development program. Through readings, reflection on observations and practice, students will synthesize the information presented during this second semester of course offerings.
May not be audited.

ECD 400 – Children’s Play and Learning Theory 3 Units

This course examines child development theories as they relate to play and learning in young children. The course considers cultural and developmental perspectives, emphasizes theories in practice and provides a theoretical framework for structuring, observing, analyzing and evaluating how children play. Students will explore how children learn to play and the effect that play has on the child’s development.

May not be audited.

ECD 420 – Guidance in Social and Emotional Behaviors 3 Units

In this course, students examine how to promote an encouraging classroom environment through the study of specific developmental assets that integrate factors such as peer influence, values development and social skills. The short and long term effects of logical and natural consequences for pro-social development are reviewed.

May not be audited.

ECD 430 – Early Childhood Physical Education Methods 3 Units

Through this course students will explore movement and developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood physical education. Adaptations for children with exceptionalities will also be presented.

ECD 440 –Students with Exceptionalities in School and Community 3 Units

This course is designed to introduce the student to the information and techniques needed to develop curricula and instruction to meet the unique needs of individual children in early childhood settings. Special emphasis is given to theories, research and practical application from the fields of both early childhood education and special education.

May not be audited.

BIB 438 – Biblical Perspectives for Educators 3 Units

This course is a unique blend of study of the Bible with an eye toward key aspects related to being “the people of God.” As such, it is neither strictly Bible survey, nor merely a topics course. Specific passages have been selected to promote the improvement of skills for reading and understanding of the Bible (the act of interpretation). It covers a range of literature, styles and time periods, which are representative of other larger blocks of biblical material. Texts correspond to topics key to understanding the dynamics of community living and aspects of healing and wholeness in these texts. Topics explored include community beginning, ordering, leadership, fragmentation, coherence and power. Both textual and topical aspects are kept in creative tension. Skills, creative thinking and application are all goals.

May not be audited.

ECD 450 – Children’s Art and Literature 3 Units

This course will introduce the student to a diverse selection of children’s art and literature. Students will explore methods and strategies for using children’s art and literature to engage the young learner in multiple learning experiences. A full integration across the curriculum will be a focus as children’s art and literature are directly tied to math, science, social studies and the arts.

May not be audited.

ECD 460 – Math and Science for Young Children 3 Units

Designed from a constructivist focus, this course will integrate math and science learning experiences for the young child. Moving young learners from real-world/concrete experiences to organizing, recording and discovering what they know and understand and what they still wonder about.

May not be audited.

ECD 470 – Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education 3 Units

A general overview of the curriculum design for early childhood programs to include planning, preparation, implementation, evaluation of curricular activities, designing a classroom, lesson planning and the use of observation to guide curriculum and assessment. May not be audited.