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B.A. Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 3)

Western Governors University



The B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 3) is designed to prepare you to become a licensed teacher of infants, toddlers, and young children from birth through age eight. The program is a good fit for current child care workers who hold a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and wish to become early childhood educators. Unlicensed child care workers, substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and those who want to work with and teach young children are also good fits for this program.

This challenging program combines a solid foundation of liberal arts content knowledge along with a comprehensive set of teaching skills to help you become an effective, highly qualified early childhood educator. As part of this program, you will also complete a supervised student teaching component designed to give you invaluable in-classroom experience.

Note: This program is built in alignment with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Western Governors University is:

  • Challenging - The ideal student is a motivated self-starter who can commit at least 15 to 20 hours per week to their studies.
  • NCATE Accredited - WGU is the first exclusively online teacher education institute to be approved by NCATE. The university is also regionally and nationally accredited.
  • Affordable and Nonprofit-Tuition is less than half the cost of other reputable online universities. Your tuition goes toward your education, not to shareholders.
  • Competency-based - An innovative learning model, designed for adult learners like you, that measures learning, not time spent in class.
  • Respected - Your degree coursework is relevant and up-to-date because it's designed and developed in collaboration with industry experts.
  • Flexible and Online-With no set class times, you can log in and learn anytime, anywhere.

Accreditation Information

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Accredited—Western Governors University is regionally accredited.

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