What will I learn?

By obtaining your Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences, Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Early Child Development, you will gain an understanding of the growth and development of children from birth to age eight and be able to guide them through one of their most important developmental stages.

Through your coursework, you will delve into understanding parent/child relationships, as well as the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children. You will also learn how to design, implement and evaluate programs for children in preschool. The knowledge and skills you gain through this program prepare you to teach children and families to solve life problems and successfully interact with others. If this is the career for you, you will know the care and education you provide our children will benefit your community for years to come.

If you are currently working or planning to work in a Head Start agency, you may consider the Child Development Practitioner concentration, which is available to those interested in the Early Childhood field, but is limited to those who work at a Head Start agency.

The BS in HES, Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Early Child Development is designed for those who are currently working in or interested in working in early child development programs. The ECE program requires the completion of 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 towards this degree. Eighteen hours will be accepted from the community college as a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences in CHES as follows:

  • HD 201 Child Growth and Development
  • HD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development
  • HD 204 Methods and Materials
  • HD 206 Children's Health and Safety
  • HD 210 Exceptional Learners
  • HD 214 Families and Communities

In addition, the following six additional hours will be accepted into this concentration:

  • HD 202* Infancy and Toddlerhood
  • HD 205* Preschool Development

Which department am I in?

College of Human Environmental Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $375 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 August 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students completing a high school diploma equivalent to U.S degree.

For international students

Students completing a high school diploma equivalent to U.S degree.

International applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:

TOEFL iBT score of 79 and above

TOEFL paper-based score of 550 and above

IELTS score of 6.0 or above

Pearson’s Test of English score of 54 or above

Duolingo English Test score of 51 or above

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About this uni

Boasting a long history of success, The University of Alabama produces legendary results through our scholars’ research and service.

  • Located in the mid-size city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 200 programs in 10 academic schools
  • Scholarships for international students at all levels
  • More than 600 student organizations