Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education

College of Education and Human Ecology

Online Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education

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.

To apply, please contact Undergraduate Student Recruitment: 

614.292.2741 |

*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 Board of Education. Students interested in obtaining a pre-k school district position should contact the state Board of Education prior to enrolling in the program to confirm requirements.


Important Info

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online

Sample Courses

HDFS 2200

Family Development

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

Child Development

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

Managing and Supporting Behavior in Social Contexts

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

Featured Faculty

Assoc Dir-DoD CDVLS Research, Department of Human Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Is this program offered in my state?

Meets or exceeds state standards and is authorized to legally offer distance education through approval or exemption by the state regulatory agency.
Limited Authorization
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