The online Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Birth through Kindergarten degree at App State
Become a leader in the classroom, home and community. Learn to provide development and learning opportunities for children and families.
The flexible, online Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Birth through Kindergarten program offered through App State Online connects you with the knowledge and tools to guide today’s children from infancy through kindergarten.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 20-23 percent growth in the North Carolina job market for preschool teachers and preschool special education teachers. Now is the time to prepare yourself for a career in the growing child development field.
Through Appalachian’s Child Development undergraduate degree program, you will combine academic research with real-world practicum to better facilitate children’s success during a pivotal time of discovery, learning and growth. Explore the roles and responsibilities of the birth through kindergarten professional, including ways to foster and engage learning.
Child Development graduates with "A" licensure, which is a dual certification of both regular and special education, are also eligible to pursue graduate degrees in birth through kindergarten, elementary education and middle grades education.
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- Preschool teacher
- Kindergarten teacher
- Daycare director
- Child life specialist
- Student teaching is completed during the last semester, full time in a classroom setting. You will work with the department to select the student teaching location.
- This program blends synchronous (set meeting times in an online classroom) and asynchronous (with coursework completed on your schedule) courses.
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(Not every course listed may be delivered to App State Online students, but you will be offered all courses required for the degree.)
You may enter this program as a first-year or transfer student.
- If you are a current high school senior or haven't attended college since graduating high school (including Early/Middle college applicants), review First-Year Admission Requirements.
- If you have completed college coursework since graduating high school (including military service member or veteran and second-degree seeking applicants), review Transfer Admission Requirements. Visit our transfer equivalency course search to see how your previous coursework transfers to Appalachian.
- If you have previously taken classes at App State and would like to re-enroll, review our Readmissions Requirements
- Before beginning your Clinical Internship, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.
- Admission to Teacher Education is required by the end of the first year in the program.
- All App State education programs that lead to an initial licensure or a similar credential require a Clinical Internship at a North Carolina public school. Learn more.
Note: Up until Clinical Internship, the coursework in this program is delivered completely online. However, some courses require hours in a public school setting.
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification in North Carolina. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at App State at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-7559.
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