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Online Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Become a Life-Changing Educator

Credits Per Hour

$370 per credit hour; 6-14 credits per semester

Practical Teaching

12 weeks of practical teaching experience in real classrooms


Supports certification to teach pre-K to fourth grade*

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Make an Impact in Early Childhood Education

Children are naturally inquisitive, and an impactful teacher can help young people expand their curiosity into foundational perceptions of the world around them. With a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree from Wilson College Online, you’ll gain the skills to confidently guide children in their earliest pursuits of learning.

The online ECE program equips you with the latest teaching strategies and research-backed classroom practices for educating students from pre-K to fourth grade. In addition to the online courses you’ll take to build your pedagogical skill set, you’ll experience 12 weeks of real student teaching experience in Pennsylvania—allowing you to apply your new skills while you’re earning your degree.

*Wilson College Online offers Pennsylvania Level I certification, which is reciprocal with most of the 50 states. Once you hold a valid PA professional teaching license from a regionally accredited and state-approved teacher preparation program and pass the required state testing, you can typically obtain a teaching license in another state. Click here for detailed licensure requirements in all 50 states. You can also view information on how teacher credentials cross state lines here.

Benefits of Learning at Wilson College Online

Earning your degree in early childhood education from Wilson College Online will prepare you with specific pedagogical strategies for instructing students from pre-K to fourth grade. The Early Childhood Education program can help you achieve the following outcomes:

  • Master research-based instructional strategies
  • Develop the ability to manage social-emotional challenges in the classroom
  • Put lesson plans into action in real classrooms as a student-teacher
  • Learn from and be mentored by experienced teaching professionals
  • Earn certification for teaching pre-K to fourth grade in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Launch Your Career in Early Education

Obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is your gateway to becoming certified to teach from pre-K to fourth grade in Pennsylvania. This degree sets the stage for your journey into the teaching profession and equips you for various career paths, including*:

Elementary School Teacher

Median annual salary: $69,700

Kindergarten Teacher

Median annual salary: $68,170

Education and Child Care Administrator

Median annual salary: $51,800

*Pennsylvania annual mean salaries from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

Curriculum & Courses

The following are the major's requirements. Students must also fulfill all other requirements in the degree to obtain 120 credits for graduation.

Required Courses

EDU 140

Geography for Educators

3 credit hours

EDU 204

Child Development, Cognition & Learning

3 credit hours

EDU 206

Educational Psychology

3 credit hours

EDU 215

Education - Students With Special Needs

3 credit hours

EDU 238

Pre-K-4 Language & Literacy Development

3 credit hours

EDU 312

Teaching English Learners

3 credit hours

SPE 310

Creating an Effective Classroom Culture

3 credit hours

EDU 336

Teaching Social Studies in Pre-K-4

3 credit hours

EDU 337

Teaching Science in Pre-K-4 Classrooms

3 credit hours

EDU 338

Pre-K-4 Reading, Writing, Assessment

3 credit hours

EDU 339

Teaching Math in Pre-K-4 Classrooms

3 credit hours

EDU 341

Educational Assessment

3 credit hours

EDU 348


3 credit hours

EDU 436

Pre-K to 4 Student Teaching Practicum

3 credit hours

HIS 124

American History to 1865

3 credit hours

HIS 125

American History - 1865 to 1945

3 credit hours

HIS 101

World History I (Pre-1492)

3 credit hours

- or -

HIS 102

World History II (post-1492)

3 credit hours

MAT 115 (NS)

Introductory Statistics

3 credit hours

- or -

PSY 115 (NS)

Understanding Statistics

3 credit hours

PSY 110 (CC)

Introduction to Psychology

3 credit hours

(1) Biology

3 credit hours

(1) Fine Arts (ART)

3 credit hours

(1) Literature (LIT)

3 credit hours

(1) Math

3 credit hours

PS 120

American Government

3 credit hours

  • Art Workshop
  • Music Workshop
  • PE Workshop
  • Tech Workshop
  • Ethics Workshop

Quotation Marks
“Wilson College gave me the practical experience I needed to assimilate into a regular education classroom like I’d been doing it for years.”
– Joel Rineer '19, Early Childhood Education

Focus on Affordability

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Our staff will work with schools in the Pennsylvania school district near you for your placement in a student teaching assignment, taking the stress of finding that opportunity off your shoulders.

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Initially founded as an all-women's college in 1869, Wilson College's mission is to empower students to be confident critical thinkers, creative visionaries, effective communicators, honorable leaders, and agents of justice in their communities. Across all programs and fields of study, the College is fiercely committed to and passionate about providing student-centric education and individualized attention, ensuring all students succeed.

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