Online Early Child Education Administration Degree Courses

Realize your potential while enhancing your understanding of the many aspects of children's education and administration. Courses cover several relevant topics, from children's development and language acquisition to the impact of parents and communities on childhood education.

Below you will find the courses for this program beginning with the introductory courses. You have a choice between taking a standard program that follows the major course requirements, or you may choose to add a specialization. Please note that you must complete the major course requirements' capstone course before beginning a specialization. A specialization consists of four (4) courses, each worth three (3) credits.

Introductory Course
Major Course Requirements
Specialization – Infant and Toddler Care

Introductory Course

All Bachelor’s program students are required to successfully complete EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education as their first course. Students with zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits are also required to successfully complete the Student Success Orientation prior to enrolling in credit-bearing coursework. Following successful completion of orientation, students are required to successfully complete EXP 105.

Student Success Orientation
The orientation is designed to provide students with a complete overview of the Ashford University experience, prepare them for success in their courses, and help them to self-evaluate their readiness to succeed in an online classroom setting. Students will be instructed on Ashford University policies and the learning resources that are available to them through interactive videos and assessments. Students enrolled in orientation must successfully complete all assigned activities.

EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University's institutional outcomes and learning resources. A minimum grade of C- is required to successfully complete the course.

Major Course Requirements

(42 credits, all courses are 3 credits. Courses are listed in the recommended sequence.)

EDU 100 Issues in Education
This is an introductory course for students considering teaching as a career path or individuals seeking an increased understanding of the complexity and importance of education. The first focus is on topics in education that include, but are not limited to, teaching as a profession, diversity in the classroom, facilitation of student achievement and accountability, classroom management, and requirements for continuing professionalism in the field. The second focus of this course is on academic writing as a necessary component in the field of education.

ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education including history, philosophy, advocacy, public policy, issues, trends, and careers.

ECE 214 Nutrition & Health of Children and Families
This course provides a study of the health and nutrition needs of children and families.

ECE 332 Child Development
This course provides a basic introduction to the nature of human growth and development as it occurs from conception through early childhood. Students learn about motor, cognitive, social, emotional, moral, aesthetic, and language development in early childhood.

SOC 312 Child, Family & Society
This course provides an overview of the child (infant through elementary) and the reciprocal relationships children develop with their family, their school, and the world in which they live. Theories pertaining to the roles and relationships within and between families, schools, and communities are introduced with an emphasis on enabling students to identify family needs and concerns and to use a variety of collaborative communication and problem-solving skills to assist families in finding the best available community resources to meet these needs. Students themselves explore various community resources that further the development of the child's potential.

ECE 311 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods
This course focuses on curriculum development in early childhood and teaching strategies with a developmentally appropriate approach. Students will prepare curriculum and practice teaching strategies which illustrate the characteristics of play and creativity. The guidance of young children to include behavior management and creating positive learning environments will also be emphasized.

ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students
An investigation into the theories, skills, and attitudes needed to identify and instruct students with disabilities in varied school settings. Attention will be given to the variety of categories of disabilities that special educators are likely to come into contact with. Students will examine the issues of providing services to identified individuals within and outside school settings.

ECE 313 Collaboration with Parents & Community
Factors that promote effective communication and collaboration with parents of babies and preschool-aged children, families and community resources are considered in this course.

ECE 312 Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
This course focuses on the development and implementation of early childhood programs for a variety of age groups and purposes. Specifically, curriculum development, materials, teaching strategies, evaluation, budgets, hiring procedures and state guidelines/regulations are addressed as are the skills and competencies to implement the above.

MGT 380 Leadership for Organizations
Several leadership styles are examined in this course. Emphasis is placed on developing effective leadership in organizations and personal enterprises, and on developing ethical leadership perspectives in personal and professional decision-making.

MGT 415 Group Behavior in Organizations
Theory and research are applied to the study of group dynamics, processes encountered in the small group setting, and how organizational effectiveness is impacted by small-group and team functioning. The course focuses on group productivity, decision-making, diversity, group communication, resolving group conflict, and building effective teams.

MGT 435 Organizational Change
In this course, students will study and apply alternative theories, models and strategies for creating and managing organizational change. The effectiveness of management tools in initiating problem-solving and decision-making to bring about change within organizations is evaluated.

BUS 303 Human Resources Management
This course applies theory and research to human resources management (HRM) policies and practices in: attaining organizational goals and objectives, legal and regulatory compliance, labor relations, strategic analysis, the HRM role in shaping organizational and employee behavior, applying technology and systems to HRM, and HRM problems/issues.

ECE 430 Early Childhood Education Capstone
This is the capstone course for the Early Childhood Education and the Early Childhood Education Administration Major, to be taken at the completion of the major courses. This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply their learning from the course of study for Early Childhood Education in a comprehensive manner. Students will reflect on the courses taken and develop an understanding on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, developmentally appropriate practices based upon child development research, center-based curriculum and professionalism. This course will culminate with a comprehensive final project that integrates the student learning throughout the program as well as a final exam that covers the program learning outcomes.


You may also choose to delve deeper into another area of early childhood education when you add a specialization to your degree program. A specialization consists of four (4) courses, each worth three (3) credits. These courses are taught online as part of your degree program. This program offers the following specialization:

Infant and Toddler Care

ECE 341 Social & Emotional Growth of Infants & Toddlers
Social-emotional development including the management of emotions and the ability to establish positive relationships with others will be covered in this course. Students will learn the important elements in a childcare setting that support healthy social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment in infants and toddlers.

ECE 343 Quality Care Environments for Infants & Toddlers
Students will learn both theory and application of why and how to set up, arrange and change early childhood learning environments to effectively meet the developmental needs of very young children. The role of the teacher, the importance of the environment, design principles, health and safety will be covered in this course.

ECE 345 Infant & Toddler Learning & Development
Emphasis will be placed on effective activities and practices to promote language development, cognitive development and motor skill development in young children. Sensory, music and movement development will also be covered in this course. Appropriate behavior teaching and coaching for infants, toddlers and two year olds will be discussed.

ECE 347 Culture, Family & Childcare
This course will increase the students' expertise and understanding of all the components that must work together to create an effective childcare setting in which all children can thrive. Elements to be covered in the planning of a childcare environment include discipline and behavior management as well as consideration of the child's developmental level, the family and cultural context.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.