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child at play inside the childhood development center at OSU

What is early child care & development?

Early Child Care and Development specialists create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for young children. Specialists design, implement, and evaluate experiences to promote positive development for children.

Why early care & development at OSU?

This 100 percent online undergraduate degree program prepares students to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. Students in the program participate in three practicum experiences that provide exposure to real-life scenarios.

Career paths

The degree prepares individuals for early childhood programs, including:

OSU Student assisting in the Chilhood Development Center


The 100% online undergraduate program is delivered collaboratively by seven universities through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA).


Child learning at the OSU Childhood development center

The program focuses on ethics and guidelines related to early childhood practice and provides classroom management and program administration experience.


This degree program does not lead to teaching licensure.

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