The online Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Birth through Kindergarten degree at Appalachian

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 Online Education at Appalachian State University 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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More information on Child Development


  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool special education teacher
  • Daycare director
  • Child life specialist

Degree details

Program information

  • 6-8 hours per semester, year-round
  • Completion time: Seven semesters of classes plus one semester of student teaching
  • This program blends synchronous and asynchronous courses
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(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Admission requirements

The following are criteria required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 120 hours by the end of the program.

Visit our transfer equivalency course search to see how your previous coursework transfers to Appalachian. For your convenience, our Pre-Application Evaluation form (watch our video to learn more) can help you determine if you meet the minimum program entry requirements.

Additional Courses Required for Entry

  • Child Development: Birth-2 years, FCS 2101 (EDU 144)
  • Child Development: 3-K years, FCS 2104 (EDU 145)
  • Child Study & Guidance, FCS 2102 (EDU 146)

Program requirements

  • Before finishing this program, 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 Appalachian State University Education programs that lead to licensure or a similar credential require multiple site-based field experiences throughout the program as well as on-campus and regional meetings prior to and during the Clinical Internship. 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.

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.

Hear from an Alumnus

Vicki Walker

“I wanted more for my students and this was the perfect way to accomplish my goals. It was affordable, convenient, and provided me with an excellent education with professors that truly cared. I have accomplished my goals.”

– Vicki Walker