Jan 31, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Early Childhood Education, BS

Program Coordinator Dr. Ritsa Mallous
Program Advisor Lori Schwartz

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare train students to be Early Childhood Educators working with children from birth through age four. The program is designed for students with a two-year degree, either an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education.

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education adheres to the state’s common course prerequisites and curriculum framework.

All Bachelor of Science degree seeking students must complete the same basic requirements as traditional baccalaureate students, including 36 hours of General Education and demonstration of foreign language competence. Students are required to consult with the Education Programs academic advisor when applying for admission.

Getting Started

  • Complete an SF application for admission or readmission online at www.sfcollege.edu.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from high school to be sent to the Office of Records and Admissions.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended to be sent to the Office of Records and Admissions at least one month prior to the start of the term.

Qualifying for Admission
In order to qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education you must:

  • Have a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Have earned a minimum of an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education or an Associate in Arts from a regionally accredited educational institution. *
  • Have successfully completed the following prerequisite course with a grade of C or higher:
    EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education  
  • 500-word personal statement addressing how this program will help you meet your personal and professional goals.

* Degrees and course work must meet SF accreditation standards in order to be applied toward program admission criteria. All students are required to apply for a baccalaureate admission through a separate and selective process.

Foreign Language Competency and General Education
Individuals who have not completed their foreign language requirement prior to enrolling at SF must complete two semesters of college-level sequential foreign language study before finishing the BS program. Students may select their General Education classes from any eligible courses within SF’s approved General Education package. The BS program requires 36 credit hours of General Education in order to meet graduation standards.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education - Overview of Credits Required

AS degree transferred credits  
General Education 15 credit hours
Program Core 45 credit hours


AA degree transferred credits 60 credit hours
BS Program general education (AS degree holders only) 36 credit hours
Core Courses 57 credit hours
Electives 34 credit hours
Total required for program: 120 credit hours