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Bachelor'sEarly Childhood Education

B.A. Early Childhood Education

The MVNU School of Graduate & Professional Studies is proud to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree program that is intentionally designed for ambitious adults to receive a high-quality education while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities.

This program is offered entirely online for flexibility and features a locked-in tuition guarantee, easy-to-access online course materials, and a team of advisors to personally assist you with course scheduling and financial aid for maximum convenience.

Graduates will be qualified to earn their Ohio teaching license in Early Childhood Education with the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (grades pre-K–3rd and grade 4/5 endorsement). This program is accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents.

  • Hands-on learning — You will complete 600 clock hours of field and clinical experiences that will help you develop your skills in the classroom. You can be certain that you will feel comfortable and confident in a classroom setting by the time you earn your degree.
  • Experienced faculty — Our high-quality curriculum is taught by capable, supportive faculty with professional ECE experience. You will learn from professors who started where you are and went on to build successful careers in education, and are eager to guide and assist you in building a successful career as well.
  • Outstanding program — MVNU’s online program was recently ranked fourth in the nation by due to our high academic quality and affordability. We have a strong reputation for graduating highly competent educators, meaning our ECE graduates are in very high demand both locally and nationwide.
Credit Hours
General Teaching Methods 2
Educational Technology
Social Studies (Grades PK-5)
Math (Grades PK-5)
Creating STEAM-Infused Learning Experiences in the Early Childhood Classroom
Developmental Literacy Lab 1
Developmental Literacy 3
Basics of Phonics Instruction 3
Content Reading 3
Adolescent Literature 3
Classroom Management 4
Unit Planning and Portfolio 3
ECED Integrated Field Experience 2
Introduction to Multicultural Education 3
Urban/Diverse Field Experience 2
Early Childhood Generalist Practicum 1
Student Teaching + Seminar 10
Total Program Hours 51

For cost/credit hour click here.

Required Prerequisite Education Courses

  • Personal Development and Research Skills
  • Foundations of Education
  • Learner and Learning Process
  • Language and Literacy Fundamentals
  • Building Family and Community Relationships
  • Art, Music, and Movement
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
  • Preschool Field Experience
  • Children’s Literature for Early Childhood Education
  • Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
  • TESOL: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Inclusion and Inclusive Curricular Practices

Required General Education Courses

  • College Writing
  • Public Speaking

Admission Requirements

Although we try to keep our admissions process as straightforward as possible, our knowledgeable staff is always available and happy to help you.

Admission requirements include:

  • Students with no prior college education must submit an official high school transcript and ACT scores (if taken).
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 in all previous college course work for regular admittance status. An applicant with a college GPA of less than 2.5 OR no college level work may apply for probationary admittance (see below).
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 27 OR passing scores on all Ohio-prescribed assessments for entrance to Teacher Education Programs is required before enrollment in the upper-division education cohort sequence
  • Admission Interview with ECED Program Coordinator or Advisor

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement listed above may be considered for probationary admission to the ECED program. To be considered for probationary admissions, students must have a GPA between 2.0–2.4 in any previous college coursework. Students without prior college coursework will automatically receive a probationary acceptance to the program. Students seeking probationary admission must still complete all other regular admission requirements listed above.

To move from probationary admission to regular admission, students must earn a B- or higher in their first three MVNU courses, with a minimum cumulative GPS of a 2.5. Students must complete a minimum of 52 credit hours of general education and professional education course work prior to beginning the upper-level cohort course sequence.

Applicants from countries and U.S. territories in which English is not the primary language must also provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by scoring 70 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading, speaking, and listening of at least 20; or scoring 525 or above on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with subscores in both writing and reading of at least 50. All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last 2 years to be considered for acceptance.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your application.
  2. Request all official transcripts to be sent to MVNU from each college or university you have attended to date. Please have your transcripts sent to:
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Attn: GPS Admissions
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Official Electronic Transcripts should be sent to

  1. Complete a Registration Agreement form.

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