Online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration

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Program At-a-Glance
  • There is a growing need for early childcare center directors and nonlicensed teachers who possess a bachelor's degree in the field.*
  • This program is eligible for the Tuition Cap, which ensures you pay a fixed amount for your education.
  • Shorten your path to a master's degree with the accelerated bachelor's to master's option.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 180
TUITION CAP MAX COST $45,000
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration is designed to prepare you to become a leader in the early childhood field. This bachelor's degree program blends the theory and practice of childhood development with foundational topics in administration. 

Curriculum provides a strong foundation in ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills for a range of learning environments.

Courses are taught by faculty who are professionals in early childhood-related fields and explore:

  • Center-based programs servicing young children
  • Agencies providing or overseeing services to young children
  • Fundamentals of teaching young children
  • Professional development in early childhood programs
  • Owning your own early childhood care or education facility

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in this program.

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Practical Experience

Complete five hours of field experience at an early childhood setting, such as child/day care or a home center.


An internship option allows you to gain real-world experience while you earn your degree online.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

What Can You Do With an Early Childhood Administration Degree?

Prepare for opportunities in a variety of fields, whether you want to operate or own your own early childhood program or manage an early childhood agency or organization.

Career pathways could include:

  • Head Start administrator
  • Childcare center director
  • Owner/operator of an early childhood care or education facility
  • Childcare worker
  • After-school program worker
  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Self-employed worker

Engage With Fellow Students

Online discussion boards provide the opportunity to engage with students from around the country and learn from their experiences.


Students are also invited to join the Educators Association for further networking and educational opportunities.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your bachelor's degree online. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately.


For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

This social science degree is designed to build your knowledge and skills in early childhood growth and development; early childhood education and curriculum; business and management; and early childhood leadership and advocacy.

In your first course, you'll develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes.

Sample Courses
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Planning
  • Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health
  • Young Children With Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Family, Community, and Advocacy
  • Funding Development and Financial Planning
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits103
  • Elective Credits44
  • Total Credits180

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    Pay a fixed amount for your undergraduate degree. Never owe more, even if you repeat a course. Available for select programs.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    Leverage Your Skills to Earn Your Degree Faster

    Discover pathways to earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Transfer Credits

    Finish What You Started

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Grants

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  • Prior Military Experience

    Graduate Sooner With Your Military Experience

    We offer college-level credit for ACE-evaluated military training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

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Tuition Cap

$45,000maximum cost of attendance
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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.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool and Childcare Center Directors, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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.