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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Early Childhood Education Online

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Early Childhood Online


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

In this non-teaching certification program, you will integrate and apply an understanding of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as it applies to children in various contexts. Join the only online BAAS program in Texas with a focus on early childhood. Note: graduates from this program do NOT receive teaching certification.

Do you have an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree? Texas Tech University's Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Education offers individuals who have completed an Associate of Applied Sciences a flexible path to earning their bachelor's degree.

This 2-year to 4-year bachelor's degree option will help you excel by combining your professional knowledge and community college education with courses on child development taught by experts in their fields. A BAAS degree in our early childhood program prepares you for a career making a difference with young children.

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

Your pathway to a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech can be as unique as you. Whether you previously attended a community college or want to go back to school after earning your Associate of Applied Sciences degree, you are able to advance your career no matter what stage of life you are in.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Education degree offers a convenient pathway to a bachelor's degree. Build on your technical and community college credits through online, flexible courses that will meet your career goals.

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

  • Work directly with children in your community. Your early childhood coursework will prepare you to apply your knowledge of child development through the completion of a practicum course. Your practicum will focus on gaining experience in a community program of your choice. Students who have these valuable field experiences will understand how to relate their classroom knowledge to children in a community setting.
  • Gain diverse experience with children from infancy through childhood. The early childhood program enables students to develop links between theoretical research and current practices in early childhood settings. Students have the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge of infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children. Students will be prepared to enter the job market in early childhood settings, social service organizations, non-profits, and governmental agencies.
  • Earn your bachelor's degree online in as little as 2 years. At Texas Tech, you can utilize your community college courses to receive a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution. The online early childhood BAAS program will provide an entryway to gain your EC-3 or EC-6 teaching certification to fulfill the state's need for teachers, particularly in rural areas. While you will have excellent preparation for a certification exam, this degree does not provide teacher certification.

Attain Expertise Needed to Work in an Early Childhood Environment

Career Opportunities in Early Childhood

The online early childhood bachelor's degree prepares you 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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