Ball State’s online bachelor’s degree in family and child: early childhood education requires you to fulfill at least 120 credits to graduate. And, because you will be transferring credits in from your previous institution, many of those credits will likely apply to the 120. View the full program requirements in the course catalog.


Once you are accepted into the program, your advisor will help you develop a customized plan of study. To graduate, you will need:

Early Childhood Education Courses

48 Credits

  • ECYF 100 Introduction to Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies (3 credits)
  • ECYF 202 Child and Family Wellness (3 Credits)
  • ECYF 250 Family Relations (3 Credits)
  • ECYF 252 Creative Experiences for Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECYF 260 Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • ECYF 265 Infant and Child Development Education (3 credits)
  • ECYF 275 Child Development (3 credits)
  • ECYF 310 Promoting Pro-social Behavior in Young Children: Guidance and Cultural Factors (3 credits)
  • ECYF 350 Families in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
  • ECYF 381 Early Childhood Language Arts (2 credits)
  • ECYF 345 Culture and Language in Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • ECYF 393 Presentations, Practices and Techniques for Family Life Education (3 credits)
  • ECYF 380 Parenting (3 credits)
  • ECYF 442 Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
  • ECYF 465 Advanced Child Development Practice and Play (3 credits)
  • ECYF 484 Family Stressors and Crisis (3 credits)
  • ECYF 493 Internship in Family and Child (3 credits)
  • EDRD 390 Early Emergent Literacy (3 credits)
  • EDPS 391 Assessment and Observation in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ENG 318 Literature for Young Children (3 credits)
  • PSYS 100 Introduction to Psychological Science (3 credits)
  • SPCE 210 Theory and Practices in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)

Core Curriculum and Transfer Courses

Minimum of 70 Credits

Because one of the requirements for admission is to have an associate degree in early childhood education from an accredited university, you will be coming to Ball State with credit hours that will count 1) toward the university's core curriculum requirements, and 2) toward your major.

Because every student comes to this program with a unique set of prior credits, your advisor will help you customize your academic plan to your individual needs. 

By the time you graduate you have received all the education-related courses you need for your major, as well as met all the requirements of Ball State's core curriculum, whose central purpose is to enable students to live rich, satisfying lives, and to undertake the broad responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

General Electives (Minimum of 2 Credits)

Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam

Semester-Based Courses 

Spring and fall courses within your major will be 16 weeks each and start during the last half of August (fall term) or early January (spring term). A few 8-week courses are offered in core curriculum subjects. Summer courses are either 5-weeks or 10-weeks and start in early May or mid-June.

Licensure Information

Successful completion of our bachelor's in early childhood education program (birth through age 5) does not lead to certification or licensure in any state. (Note: Indiana does not offer a pre-K license.)

A good source to review individual requirements for early childhood teacher certification or licensure in the state(s) you wish to teach is the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD).

Testing and Advanced Credits 

Ball State provides you opportunities to gain college credit via exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Ball State departmental exams. If you are a veteran, you also may qualify for credits for military service.