Early Childhood Education

Jump in and make a difference with a B.S. in early childhood education through Northern Vermont University Online.

With NVU’s 90% online early childhood education program, you’ll be working with Vermont’s children within five semesters. The need for teachers with early childhood education licensure is high throughout Vermont, and this program is designed to enable you to complete your bachelor of science degree with birth-to-age-5 licensure while continuing to work full time.

All courses in the early childhood education program are online, so no matter where you live in Vermont, your career can benefit from our highly regarded education program. However, students in the program are required to participate in a face-to-face meeting on the Lyndon campus at the start of each semester, complete an onsite student-teaching requirement, and meet with their program advisor. 

Please note that applicants to the early childhood education program must use a program-specific application form. See Apply for more details

Program Overview

  • To complete the program in five semesters, an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. Students are also required to take at least nine credits of 300- and/or 400-level Liberal Studies courses in addition to ECE coursework, if not already earned elsewhere.
  • 2,000 hours of documented work experience with children from birth to age 5 is required.
  • Completion of Intro to Early Childhood Education course is required.
  • Students who have completed the Community College of Vermont Early Childhood Education program will have the easiest transition into the NVU ECE program because of an articulation agreement between NVU and CCV.

As part of successful completion of the program, you will obtain a B.S. in early childhood education and be recommended for licensure as a birth-to-age-five teacher in the state of Vermont. You will also complete and pass a Level 1 Licensure Portfolio, take and pass the PRAXIS Core test, and demonstrate your status as a highly qualified teacher in Vermont for birth to age 5.  

Scholarships for Early Childhood Education Students

Participants in the early childhood education program may be eligible for the following scholarship awards: 

Transfer Scholarships for Full-time ECE Students (12 or more credits)

GPA Range Award Amount
3.50 to 4.00 $3,500 
3.0 to 3.49 $3,000
2.50 to 2.99 $2,500 
2.00 to 2.49 $2,000 

Transfer Scholarships for Part-time ECE Students (9-11 credits)

GPA Range Award Amount
3.50 to 4.00 $2,000
3.00 to 3.49 $1,500 
2.50 to 2.99 $1,000
2.00 to 2.49 $500

Questions? We're here to help! Contact NVU-Lyndon Registrar Miranda Fox at Miranda.Fox@NorthernVermont.edu or 802.626.4852.