Best Online Early Childhood Education DegreeIf you have a bachelors degree and are interested in teacher certification, you can pursue this online teacher preparation program. If you do not yet hold a bachelors degree, you can learn more about our online bachelors degree option for teacher preparation here

Unlike a traditional 100% online degree program, this is a limited residency program that requires you to attend orientation in Prescott, Arizona. It is also a hybrid program - meaning you will be working in your community and with mentors as well as online. Courses are taken online or as mentored-study with mentors who are typically working teachers or school administrators from your home communities. Core Faculty members provide support, oversight, evaluation, and approval through each stage of your program.

If you have no prior credit in education, you can expect to spend approximately one and one-half years (three semesters) in the limited-residency program for early childhood education. If you have transferable credits in education or the teaching subject area, you may have a shorter time to completion. You'll work with faculty to plan the timing and sequence of your courses and student teaching.

We also invite you to join us at our Summer Institute for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education. Learn more

Prescott College offers students the opportunity to earn the Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate. The Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate enables individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher to teach full-time while completing the requirements for an Arizona provisional teaching certificate. Learn more. 

Graduates have a 94% pass rate for the Arizona Educator Proficiency Exam.

Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
EDU47801 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDU47803 Child Growth and Development 2
EDU47805 Social and Emotional Development 3
EDU47809 Curriculum Development and Implementation 3
EDU47815 The Exceptional Child and Special Education Processes 3
EDU47807 Early Language and Literacy 3
EDU47811 Parent, Family, School, and Community 3
EDU47813 ECE Instructional Techniques and Methods 3
EDU47817 Heath, Safety, and Nutrition 2
EDU47821 Child Guidance and Classroom Management 3
EDU47823 Characteristics and Practices in a Young Child’s Behavior 3
EDU 47002 Structured English Immersion Methods 3
MAED 57003 Advanced Study in Structured English Immersion (SEI) 3
EDU47898 Practicum I: Student Teaching Birth to PreK 4
EDU47899 Practicum II: Student Teaching K- Age 8/Grade 3 4

Application Requirements

  • Autobiographical essay
  • Completed Application
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts

Career Outcomes

  • Early Childhood Educator

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to submit lesson plans that have clear objectives, include assessment of how students will master stated objectives, incorporate higher order thinking skills, and are aligned to state and/or national standards
  • Skilled in presenting strategies to address the needs of diverse learners (English language learners, special needs and gifted students, students with varying readiness skills and interest levels)
  • Ability to articulate lesson objectives to be shared with students and demonstrate that a check for understanding has been prepared and implemented at the completion of the lesson
  • Knowledge of incorporating valid and reliable assessment tools (including the use of rubrics) and evaluation procedures, incorporating formal and informal assessments within the classroom setting
  • Demonstrate the creation of a positive and productive environment, incorporating strategies that will ensure classroom effectiveness and that reinforce an atmosphere of respect for differences and commonalities within the classroom community

The faculty do this amazing balance of being supportive, being there, offering feedback, but also being very intentional in standing back and letting us craft and explore and assess our own ideas."