Early Childhood, B.S.


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

The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood is an undergraduate major specifically designed for undergraduate students (e.g., working parents, paraprofessionals from PK school settings, early childhood educators desiring to become directors of preschools) who might normally not be able to attend class in a face-to-face environment. Course content is delivered in a non-traditional manner (digital, interactive online community), maximizing flexibility and accessibility for all enrolled students.  

The Early Childhood, B.S. degree includes the five levels of Child Development Permits approved by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC). The program is aligned with the CTC Teacher Education Standards, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the California Preschool Learning Foundations, and it addresses relevant Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) biblical integration guidelines.  

The Early Childhood, B.S. degree focuses on producing high quality early childhood educators who will ensure all young children have equitable access to developmentally, culturally, linguistically appropriate, and high-quality early learning so that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. Early childhood educators partner with caregivers as major influencers in children’s formative years.

All of the courses offered in the Early Childhood, B.S. degree program are focused on combining the best practices in education, the most current and applicable research in education, and are taught from a Christian worldview with integration of biblical principles.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science 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 1).
  2. Demonstrate the ability to promote child development and learning through play-based experiences that engage caregivers (ULO 1, 3). 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify student learning needs and develop appropriate adaptations to maximize learning (ULO 1, 3). 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate their faith and apply it to teaching and leadership (ULO 2, 3).
  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 1, 2, 3).

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.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Must be a believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).
  2. Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
  3. Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree (GED).
  4. Preference will be given to students with at least three years' work experience.
  5. Students with fewer than 15 semester credits post high school must apply as a transfer students and meet the Admissions requirements for first time college students. In addition, students are required to:
    1. Submit SAT/ACT scores, or
    2. If no test scores, the Post Traditional Test-Optional Rubric process will be used.

Curriculum Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Early Childhood major requires the completion of 39 credits beyond the Core Curriculum and Bible/Theological Studies requirements, found in the Core Curriculum Program section of the catalog. The minimum total number of credits for this degree is 120.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
The Core Curriculum requirement for Kinesiology and Health Science has been waived for this major.
Introduction to Psychology
Bible/Theology Requirement
Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
Foundations of Christian Thought
Old Testament History and Literature
New Testament History and Literature
Christian Theology
Early Christian History - Acts
Integration Seminar (taken as Christian Philosophy of Education)
BBST Integrative course (taken as LEDU 342)
BBST Integrative course (taken as LEDU 389)
BBST Integrative course (taken as APSY 425)
Program Courses
All students must take the following program courses:
APSY 425Psychology of Marriage and Family Life3
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
LEDU (Education) Elective3
Total Credits39