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Early Care & Child Development

Career Preparation. The degree and certificate programs offered by the OSU-Oklahoma City Early Care & Child Development (ECCD) department prepare students with the skills, knowledge and competencies necessary for professional careers in early care and child development as administrators, master teachers, or family child care providers.

Unique Programs. OSU-OKC is Oklahoma’s only institution assigned by the state regents to administer a certificate specific to licensed childcare facility administration. Graduates meet the education component of the Bronze level for the Oklahoma’s Director Credential. Certificate and degree graduates meet criteria for Master Teachers / Family Child Care Provider for two star rated childcare centers and family childcare homes.

Convenient Class Schedules for Working Students. Faculty schedule classes keeping in mind the needs of students currently working in full-time positions or living outside the OKC metro area. The early care and child development courses are offered on campus in the evenings, in our state-of-the-art hands-on learning classrooms as well as online and in hybrid format. Most all of the general education classes are available online.

Transferability of Earned Degree. The ECCD program prepares students for future personal growth and advancement in education and career development. The excellent early care foundation gained from the Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Early Care Education is part of an agreement that allows the earned AAS degree to be applied directly to a Bachelor’s degree program. Students may apply the earned AAS toward a Bachelor of Science in Family Life Education – Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma or toward an online BS in Early Intervention – Child Development from Southeastern State University.

Scholarships Available. The ECCD department is pleased to partner with the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program funded by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services administered through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Qualifying students receive 90% of tuition/fees paid and 100% of textbooks paid through the Scholars program. For additional information, contact the Scholar Coordinator, Jeff Rosson by email or telephone; (405) 945-9168.


Preschool teachers with an associate degree earn an average of $29,270 annually with 800 new positions each year, according to the Oklahoma Long-Term Occupational Outlook, 2020-2030. 

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Degree Sheet(s)

Degree Sheet (PDF)Early Care Education A.A.S. - Administration

Degree Sheet (PDF)Early Care Education A.A.S. - Master Teacher

Degree Sheet (PDF)Early Care Education Administration Certificate — Child Care

Degree Sheet (PDF)Early Care Education Certificate — Child Development

Degree Sheet (PDF)Early Care Education Certificate — Infant/Toddler

Suggested Plan of Study

Suggested Plan of Study (PDF)Early Care Education A.A.S. - Administration

Suggested Plan of Study (PDF)Early Care Education A.A.S. - Master Teacher

For More Information Contact:

Lauren McElroy Walls
Academic Advisor

Kim Leigh
Associate Professor, Department Head
Early Care & Child Development
Human Services Division
(405) 945-6798

Jeff Rosson
Scholar Coordinator, Early Care & Child Development
Human Services Division
(405) 945-9168

Petra Hutchison
Associate Professor, Early Care & Child Development
Human Services Division
(405) 945-6786

Human Services Education Center
3401 W. Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107