Online Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education

College of Education and Human Ecology
Get the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to set the foundation of learning for the children you teach. 

The Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education is your first step in building a foundation for success in a career in childcare by preparing you to work with children and families in a variety of settings. Our completely online program is designed to meet the needs of diverse students. This degree leads to Associate Licensure in Pre-Kindergarten Education (in Ohio*). Graduates are qualified to teach in licensed childcare and preschool programs, and are eligible for associate pre-kindergarten teacher licensure after passing the OAE (Ohio Assessments for Educators) Pre-Kindergarten I and Pre-Kindergarten II tests. Also, interested students can apply ALL of the coursework toward a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science.

For our military-affiliated learners:

Ohio State is dedicated to supporting our military community. Registered Virtual Lab School users who have completed all 15 foundational courses within the Infant Toddler, Preschool, or School-Age track, can use 13 credit hours from the Virtual Lab School towards the online degree in early childhood education, as well as any scholarships or aid available from the U.S. Department of Defense or Ohio State's military affairs to assist in covering the cost of tuition.

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*The Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education program is approved in Ohio and prepares students to teach in childcare, pre-schools, and pre-K programs within a school district. Should a student wish to teach in a school district’s pre-K program outside of Ohio, additional curriculum may be required to meet the requirements defined by the state educator licensing board. Students interested in obtaining a pre-K school district position should contact the state educator licensing board prior to enrolling in the program to confirm requirements.

Campus Requirements: 100% online 

Class Format: Asynchronous - meaning you can complete coursework each week on your own schedule. 

Credit Hours Required: 60 credit hours

Cost Per Credit Hour: $514.58 (includes instructional and general fees). 

Admission Requirements: A high school diploma or GED.

Time to Completion: 4 semesters full-time; 10 semesters part-time 

Mikayla Garrison
Mikayla Garrison
Program Graduate
"The wide variety of challenging classes has given me the confidence and training I need to be successful in the workplace."

Sample Courses

HDFS 2200

Family Development - Asynchronous

Introduction to the complex dynamics and multiple influences on family interactions over the life cycle.
HDFS 2410

Child Development - Asynchronous

Study of the nature, nurture, and development of children from conception through the childhood years.
HDFS 3450

Managing and Supporting Behavior in Social Contexts - Asynchronous

Examines strategies to help promote adaptive behavior in home, school, and community contexts.

Featured Faculty

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Cynthia Buettner, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Kelly Purtell
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Sarah Lang, Ph.D.
Assoc Dir-DoD CDVLS Research, Department of Human Sciences

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