The BS in HES, Early Childhood Education (Concentration in Early Child Development) is designed for those who are currently working in or interested in working in early child development programs. This degree-completion program concentrates on the growth and development of young children (0-5 year olds). Students learn to apply developmental principles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for young children.
The ECD requirements include 120 hours with a minimum of 30 hours from The University of Alabama. No more than 60 hours can be transferred from a two-year institution. Through an articulation agreement, students who hold an associate's degree in Child Development from a community college in Alabama will be allowed to transfer 24 hours of their CHD work toward this degree. Eighteen hours will be accepted from the community college as a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences in CHES as follows:
In addition, the following six additional hours will be accepted into this concentration:
Students will be required to complete an internship and any courses needed to satisfy the core curriculum (available online) as well as 27 additional HDFS hours, which will be offered entirely online:
This program requires a field placement component and it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement. This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.