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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration

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The online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration can help prepare you to become a leader in the early childhood field. Pursue opportunities in a variety of fields, whether you want to operate or own your own early childhood program, or even manage an early childhood agency or organization.*

This social science bachelor's degree is designed to enhance your knowledge in:

  • Early child growth and development
  • Early childhood education and curriculum
  • Business and management
  • Early childhood leadership and advocacy

At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program.

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Stackable Degree Option

The accelerated master's degree option allows you to work toward your bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing courses in a master's degree program. Learn more below.

Program Highlights

Purdue Global instructors are professionals in business and early childhood-related fields. They bring years of experience to the classroom in early childhood leadership positions, overseeing special needs programs in both private and public organizations, as well as agencies such as Head Start. Many of our instructors have also owned and operated their own preschools. Their experience can help you develop a broader perspective and gain real-world insights into the early childhood field.    

While you earn your Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Center-based programs servicing young children
  • Public and private agencies providing or overseeing services to young children
  • Fundamentals of teaching young children
  • Professional development positions in early childhood programs
  • Owning your own early childhood care or education facility
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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Purdue Global, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Purdue Global, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Purdue Global, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap program.

Note: transfer credit maximums apply; ask an Admissions Advisor for details.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped other than applicable background check and/or lab fee. Savings based on the difference between capped and non capped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Tuition Cap Transfer Credit Maximums: Enrollees in Tuition Cap programs who transfer in more than 35 or 70 credits for the associate’s or bachelor’s programs, respectively, are not enrolled under Tuition Cap and will not be charged the $200 per-term Administration Fee. If they are required to repeat courses, take additional courses due to prerequisite requirements, take course assessments, or take fewer than two courses per term, they may exceed the $22,500 or $45,000 total for the associate’s or bachelor’s, respectively, Tuition Cap program of study.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Interested in continuing your studies to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Purdue Global master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak with Student Support for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Both government and private-sector organizations have been placing a greater emphasis on improving early childhood care and learning. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there is a growing need for early childcare center directors. Employers may prefer candidates who possess an early childhood administration degree.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The program's curriculum blends theory and practice, and provides a general education foundation in ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills to support leadership roles and responsibilities in diverse environments. Courses include:

  • Early Childhood Curriculum Planning
  • Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health
  • Young Children With Special Needs
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Funding Development and Financial Planning
  • Early Childhood Family, Community, and Advocacy
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits103
  • Elective Credits44
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Tuition Cap

Fixed Tuition for New Enrollees

$45,000 maximum cost of attendance
180 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Purdue Global Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Purdue Global tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. This program will not certify graduates to become licensed teachers, is not intended for individuals who are pursuing a license to teach early childhood education in a public or accredited private elementary school, is not represented as meeting specific state Board of Education criteria for assisting with children and teachers in a public school setting, and was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification. Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool and Childcare Center Directors, on the Internet at National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.