Early Childhood, B.A.


The mission of the Early Childhood major at Biola University is to equip early childhood Christian educators with developmentally, spiritually, culturally,  and linguistically appropriate research-based best practices, preparing them to step into professional educational roles that serve young children and their families in a variety of learning spaces including schools, children’s ministry, hospitals, and home environments.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood is offered in person with some courses online upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements.

The Early Childhood, B.A. will:

  1. Offer students the option to enroll in general elective, Bible and early childhood courses offered online (making this program hybrid if so desired)
  2. Help fill the growing needs of early childhood in the State of California and across the nation  
  3. Include five CTC-approved Child Development Permits, aligned with NYAEC national standards
  4. Include the minor in Bible (30 credits of Bible/Theology and classes in spiritual formation)
  5. Provide unique courses that few institutions across the nation offer, including Spiritual Formation for Children, Spiritual Formation for Christian Educators, Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation, Leadership in Early Childhood, and a course on Language, Literacy and Biliteracy
  6. Provide potential eligibility for the Jabez endowed scholarship, supporting early childhood educators in training

Early Childhood Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to plan developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate practices to ensure a suitable learning environment for all students (ULO 3).
  2. Demonstrate the ability to promote child development and learning through play-based experiences that engage caregivers (ULO 1).
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify students’ learning needs and develop appropriate adaptations to maximize learning (ULO 3).
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate their faith and apply it to teaching and leadership (ULO 2).
  5. Develop a model of spiritual formation for a particular age span, supported by the research from at least three related fields, clinical observation, biblical perspectives, and interviews (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Writing Competency

Every Biola student must fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement (WCR). Students fulfill the WCR by passing ENGL 313 with a C+ or better. If they fail to meet this requirement, they must consult with their major advisor for an alternative WCR pathway. For more information, see the section titled "Writing Competency Requirement" under the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section.  

Integration Seminar Requirement

Early Childhood majors must take the following course to meet their Bible Integration requirement: BBST 465 as "Christian Philosophy of Education."

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Course
Introduction to Psychology
Program Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 335Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
LEDU 342Introduction to Spiritual Formation for Educators3
LEDU 356Early Childhood Curriculum3
LEDU 357School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
LEDU 358Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
LEDU 359Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
LEDU 360Early Childhood Practicum3
LEDU 370Language, Literacy and Biliteracy in Early Childhood3
LEDU 371Developing and Administering Early Care and Education Programs3
LEDU 389Spiritual Formation for Young Children3
APSY 425Psychology of Marriage and Family Life3
Education Elective - Must be an LEDU course3
Total Credits39

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Early Childhood, B.A.

First Year
GNST 1021BBST 103 or 1653
BBST 103 or 1653Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3History (see Core Curriculum)3
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
PSYC 200 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Science)3Health and Wellness Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
KNES 1071 
 18 17
Total Credits 35
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
Science (see Core Curriculum)3BBST 2513
LEDU 3013APSY 4253
LEDU 3353LEDU 3563
General Elective3LEDU 3593
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
BBST 3543BBST 3653
LEDU 3573BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363
LEDU 3583ENGL 3133
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3Writing Competency Requirement
Math (see Core Curriculum)3LEDU 3703
 LEDU 3713
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 465 (Christian Phil of Educ - required)3BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
LEDU 3423Education Elective (Must be LEDU)3
History (see Core Curriculum)3LEDU 3603
General Elective(s)4LEDU 3893
 13 12
Total Credits 25