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East Tennessee State University

Early Childhood Development, B.S.

ETSU Mostly Online Early Childhood Development, B.S.

The vision of the Department of Early Childhood Education is to model and inspire lifelong learning and produce professionals who advocate for and create quality early childhood experiences. 

Students who choose Early Care and Education (Non-Licensure) as a major enjoy the option of working as an advocate for young children in various community positions, or providing direct child care for young children in group settings. This early childhood education (ECE) degree allows you to complete coursework in childhood development, curricula, and program development.

When you complete the required coursework, you will be well acquainted with the education industry, be highly trained in various theories of childhood development, and exhibit advanced instructional skills. bachelors degree in early childhood care and education offered as a "mostly online" program, which means that some coursework may require on campus attendance. For more information about the on-campus requirements, please contact us to be put in touch with the program advisor.



The Early Childhood Education Department is affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning & Development, the ETSU Child Study Center (NAEYC accredited), and Little Buccaneers (3 Star-Rated), providing students with field service opportunities in high quality settings.

This is an interdisciplinary degree that combines the early childhood offerings along with a designated minor. This major is not designed for licensure.

A minimum of 34 hours is required for this program in early childhood development plus a six-hour practicum/field experience. Students must have earned a grade of C or higher in all courses included in the undergraduate major in early childhood development. In addition, students need to declare a minor.

More information can be found in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog.


Admission is available to degree-seeking undergraduates based upon a review of grades in high school courses, grades in college courses, scores on the ACT or SAT examination, and completion of specific high school courses in light of admission requirements. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Office of Admissions website for complete information on requirements and the application process.

The application for admissions is available online on the web at the Office of Admissions website. Students are encouraged to apply using the online application form.


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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