100% Online Combined Early Childhood Education Degrees

Application Deadlines
Aug. 16
Dec. 15
May 1

Students seeking the accelerated degree may apply to the School of Graduate Studies after completing 60 credits.

Graduate Application Deadlines
June 1* | Aug. 1
Nov. 1* | Dec. 1
April 1* | May 1

*Priority deadline

With the online accelerated degree program, you'll gain a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, Special Education minor and master’s in Early Childhood Education. Upon degree completion, you will be eligible for licensure in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. You'll become a leader in early childhood education as a teacher, mentor, curriculum specialist, early interventionist, or administrator.

As you earn your online early childhood education degree, you'll focus on children in the context of family, culture and community. You'll explore developmentally appropriate practices, emergent curriculum, descriptive assessment, and problem-solving approaches to resolving conflict and choices for children. As a student you will experience scholarly application for practitioners and may continue your education to pursue a Doctorate of Education.

How Does an Accelerated Early Childhood Education Program Work?

Early Childhood Education B.S. + Special Education Minor + Early Childhood Education M.S.

The online accelerated degree programs for the M.S. or M.Ed. in Special Education allows those with an associate’s degree in education or currently enrolled undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace. Undergraduates with 60 credits or those currently in an Education degree program are eligible for consideration for the accelerated degree program.

All requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees must be met, and these students may double count up to 12 graduate-level credits towards the requirements for their undergraduate degree and their M.S degree requirements. Accelerated degree students must obtain their M.S degree within 12 months of completing their undergraduate degree, provided that the degree requirements can be completed in that time frame.

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“That [the accelerated program] gets me moving a lot faster in my own career. And, really, having that master’s degree makes me a lot more competitive when it comes to finding jobs and higher pay. I would say that if you’re committed to this field, as a student, why not go further and finish that master’s degree? Through this program, you can do it faster than anywhere else."

Janie Schroeder, UND Early Childhood Education Graduate

Accredited Online Early Childhood Education Program

UND offers a highly accredited master's in early childhood education program. Teacher Education programs at UND are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The ECE online program follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Online Early Childhood Education Program

  • All online students in this program benefit from in-state tuition, regardless of their residency status.

  • Join the Early Childhood Education Student Organization (ECESO).

  • Students have direct involvement with children in more than 60% of the courses.

  • Interact in a virtual classroom with online learning that fits your schedule.

  • UND has a partnership with McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and offers Aim4Excellence, an engaging and interactive learning experience for developing the educators' leadership and management competencies.

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You'll be eligible for licensure to teach in North Dakota after successfully completing a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with an overall grade point average of at least 2.75, passing state licensure exams and meeting the state's legal requirements with a satisfactory background check.

If seeking a license, you should apply to the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board prior to graduation. If you're interested in a teacher license from states other than North Dakota, contact the Advising Office for the College of Education & Human Development.

When You Major in Early Childhood Education

An Early Childhood Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Child Development

You'll graduate with limitless career opportunities and a solid foundation for working with children ranging in age from 0-8 years old. Students with an early childhood education degree can teach and be a leader in:

  • Public schools (PreK and Kindergarten through third grade)
  • Early Head Start
  • Child care and education centers
  • Administration/Director

Early Childhood Education Online Courses

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UND has one of the best online early childhood education programs in the Upper Midwest. We're highly ranked for affordability and quality education.

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“You can tell this accelerated program has been well-planned. The courses all seem to flow together so well and build on each other. In talking to my college friends who went on to become teachers, comparing what they learned versus what I’m learning shows that we’re in a totally different world."

Teaching Education meets the moment