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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Early Childhood


Earn a bachelor's degree that is designed for professional adults seeking to make an impact on young children and families.

In this new program, you will integrate and apply an understanding of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as it applies to children in diverse environments. Join the only BAAS program in Texas with a focus on early childhood.

Students who have completed an Associate of Applied Sciences degree (AAS) will be able to maximize previously earned college credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech.

You will have the advantage of learning from experts in child development and early childhood research. This 2-year to 4-year BAAS degree in early childhood education offers unparalleled training for careers that make a difference in the lives of young children.

Your Pathway to a Bachelor's Degree at Texas Tech:

Make your own path to a Texas Tech bachelor's degree. Not everyone has to follow the traditional college pathway. Whether you are going back to school after community college or want to advance your career, the Early Childhood Education BAAS program will meet your career goals.

The Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree offers flexible course options on the Lubbock campus to earn a bachelor's degree. Build on your community college credits through early childhood development courses that will set you up for success.

Choose Texas Tech's early childhood bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree if you want to:

  • Work directly with children in your community. Students will benefit from valuable field experiences applying their classroom knowledge to children in a real-world, community setting. Our early childhood coursework expands beyond the classroom; students will learn to apply child development practices through the completion of a practicum course of their choice.
  • Get one-on-one attention from faculty. You will benefit from consistent mentoring from our expert faculty. Our Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree program features professors who strive to share the most recent information and research, but also value building relationships with students. Our faculty will provide you with the knowledge and skills to observe children's development and to evaluate learning experiences in formal and informal settings.
  • Apply knowledge of child development in multiple contexts. The early childhood bachelor's program allows students to draw upon their learning in a variety of infant, toddler, preschooler and school-age settings. Students will learn to take a holistic approach to early childhood by associating theoretical research and current practices in early education. 
  • Earn your bachelor's degree in as little as 2 years. You can apply your community college courses towards your bachelor's degree at a four-year institution like Texas Tech. The early childhood BAAS program will prepare you for the EC-3 or EC-6 teaching certification to fulfill the increasing need for rural area teachers. While you will have excellent preparation for a certification exam, this degree does not provide teacher certification.

Early Childhood Career Opportunities

Texas Tech's early childhood bachelor's degree opens the door for careers as an expert in the development of young children. Graduates can expect to find jobs in:

  • Government Agencies
  • Social Service Organizations
  • Healthcare and Non-Profits
  • Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education


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