Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Degree with Licensure | 90% Online

The hybrid Early Childhood Education program is designed for students to swiftly complete their BS with birth-to-age-five licensure while continuing to work full-time.

The need for teachers with early childhood education licensure is high throughout Vermont. With courses mostly online, students across the state can benefit from Lyndon’s highly regarded Education program.


To finish the program in five semesters, you will need to certify your 2000 hours of work with children from birth to age five. Click below to fill out the certification form.



Early Childhood Education, B.S.

If you have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, Lyndon’s new Early Childhood Education degree can be completed in only five semesters! This degree is the first of its kind in the Vermont State College system. Courses are 90% online.

This degree is fully articulated to the Community College of Vermont Associates of Arts in Early Childhood degree, aligning the coursework directly and seamlessly to a five-semester completion of a BS in Early Childhood Education with licensure.

As part of successful completion of the program, students will obtain a BS in Early Childhood Education and be recommended for licensure as a birth-to-age-five teacher in the State of Vermont. They will also complete and pass a Level 1 Licensure Portfolio, take and pass the PRAXIS Core test, and demonstrate their status as a highly qualified teacher in Vermont for birth to age five.

A Degree Designed with You in Mind

  • Have an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education? Complete a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education leading to a Vermont Early Childhood teaching license.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree? Complete coursework leading to a Vermont Early Childhood teaching license.
  • Are you a licensed teacher who would like to add an early childhood endorsement?

This program is for  you!

Course Sequence Year to Year

Students completing this concentration would be eligible for licensure in early childhood education (Birth–age 5) in Vermont.

* This assumes students have completed an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited institution.

**Students are also required to take at least 9 credits of 3000 and/or 4000 level Liberal Studies courses in addition to the below ECE coursework, if not already earned elsewhere.

Full Course Sequence

Course numberCourse nameCreditsRequired year/Semester/Timing
ECE 8880Early Childhood Techniques31St Fall 5w1
ECE 8820Infant & Toddler Techniques31St Fall 5w2
ECE 8840Advanced Early Childhood Development31St Fall 5w3
ECE 8850Managing an ECE Classroom31st Spring 5w1
ECE 8860Ethical Considerations for Early Childhood 31st Spring 5w2
ECE 8870Inclusive Teaching for Early Educators31st Spring 5w3
ECE 8920Educational Theory for Teachers of Young Children 31st Su 5w1
ECE 8940Developmentally Appropriate Programming: Infants and Toddlers31st Su 5w2
ECE 8950Developmentally Appropriate Programming: Preschool31St Su 5w3
ECE 4020Authentic Assessment of Young Children32nd Fall 5w1
ECE 4040Using Inquiry for Math and Science with Young
32nd Fall 5w2
ECE 4080Language & Literacy in Early Childhood32nd Fall 5w3
ECE 4250e-Portfolio Development12nd Spring
ECE 4780Student Teaching Seminar22nd Spring
ECE 4811Teaching Early Childhood Education122nd Spring

First Year

Fall Spring Summer 
ECE 3830Early Childhood Techniques (3 credits)ECE 3850Managing an ECE Classroom (3 credits)ECE 3920Educational Theory for Teachers of Young Children (3 credits)
ECE 3820Infant & Toddler Techniques (3 credits)ECE 3860Ethical Considerations for Early Childhood Educators (3 credits)ECE 3940Developmentally Appropriate Programming: Infants & Toddlers (3 credits)
ECE 3840Advanced Early Childhood Development (3 credits)ECE 3870Inclusive Teaching for Early Educators (3 credits)ECE 3950Developmentally Appropriate Programming: Preschool (3 credits)
3000 or 4000 level Liberal Studies (3 credits)3000 or 4000 level Liberal Studies (3-4 credits)3000 or 4000 level Liberal Studies (3 credits) (not required)
Semester total: 12 creditsSemester total: 12 creditsSemester total: 12 credits

Second Year

Fall Spring 
Semester total: 9-12 creditsSemester total: 15 credits
ECE 4020Authentic Assessment of Young Children (3 credits)EDU 4250e-Portfolio Development (1 credit)
ECE 4040Using Inquiry for Math and Science with Young Children (3 credits)EDU 4730Student Teaching Seminar (2 credits)
ECE 4080Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms (3 credits)ECE 4811Teaching Early Childhood Education (12 credits)
3000 or 4000 level Liberal Studies (3 credits) (if not taken in summer)

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers!

What are the requirements to be accepted and then complete the program in five semesters?

  • To complete the program in five semesters, an Associates of Arts or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • 2,000 hours of documented work experience with children age birth-age 5
  • Completion of Intro to Early Childhood Education course.
  • Easiest transition is made for students from CCV as the course is tailored to students coming from their ECE program.

Is there an application deadline for the program?

  • Lyndon State has rolling admissions, but the online ECE program only accepts and admits students enrolling for the fall semester.

What will students have to pay for this program?

  • Because this program differs from all other Lyndon degree programs, the tuition will be set up differently. Please check with Admissions about tuition costs.

What will a student’s course load look like while they are enrolled in the program?

  • To stay on track and complete the program in 5 semesters, students must take at least 9 credits per semester. Each education course is 5 weeks long and semesters are 15 weeks (i.e. 3 courses in 1 semester = 9 credits).
  • Students entering with an Associates of Arts degree must take at least 3-4 3000-4000 level classes from liberal studies in order to complete the full program. Students entering with an Associates of Science degree will also have to complete portions of the LSC general education requirements. Those liberal studies courses can be taken at any Vermont State College institution. Students must also complete and pass the Level 1 Licensure Portfolio (more information found here). Students must also complete and pass the Praxis Core Exam (originally Praxis 1, more information found here).

What will students graduate from the program with?

Students will graduate with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, as well as a recommendation for licensure with children from Birth to Age-5 in the State of VT only. Students will not be qualified for licensure with anything over a Pre-K level.

What is different about this program compared to others?

This program is designed for students who are working full-time, as it will be much easier to schedule their work around their job. It is 90% online, 10% on-campus seminar which means once a semester on Lyndon State’s campus. This is the first and only program of its kind in the Vermont State College system. The need for ECE teachers in Vermont is high, and with LSC’s already highly regarded education program, an online degree could be a very convenient way to beef up the resume.

When students come to campus for the Saturday seminar, will it be free to park?

All enrolled LSC students are eligible for free, on-campus parking in any of the main LSC parking lots as long as they register their vehicle with public safety and receive a sticker to put on their car.

Am I required to attend Lyndon’s summer orientation (SOAR) before beginning online courses?

No, orientation for online ECE students will be a Saturday seminar before the beginning of the semester from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If childcare is needed during the seminar, LSC will offer services to students for a donation.

Is academic support available to online students?

The student’s primary academic support outlet will be their instructor, and will likely be conducted through email or other online mediums (example: Google Hangout, etc.) However, LSC’s on-campus Academic Support Center is available to all students.

If it is a computer/online related issue, it is best to contact campus IT services:

  • Hours: (Summer) M,TH,F: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; T,W: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Email: HelpDesk@lyndonstate.edu; Phone: 802 626-6456

Are the required courses offered every semester, annually, bi-annually, etc.?

Every course is offered at least once a year (fall, summer, or spring). Due to the intensity of the program, if a student fails a course, they will likely have to wait to retake the course the following year.

Will I be required to complete an internship/fieldwork during the program?

Yes, there will be three classes that will involve 30 hours of fieldwork with children of a specific age. This fieldwork can be completed at the student’s place of work (paid or unpaid). Students will find these opportunities on their own, with some guidance from their academic advisor if problems occur.

What are the requirements for licensure?

Students must pass the Praxis Core test before beginning student teaching. Taking and passing the test is the student’s responsibility and requires an additional fee to be paid by the student. You do not need Praxis II in order to be granted licensure in Vermont. Students must also complete and pass all four sections of the Vermont licensure portfolio. Additionally, 9-12 credits of upper-level liberal studies courses are required (people with B.A./B.S. will already have these completed). Students can take these liberal studies courses at any VSC institution.

Will there be a student teaching requirement?

Yes, it will occur during the last semester (15 weeks) of the 5-semester program. It can be completed in a student’s place of employment (paid or non-paying) as long as the children are ages birth-5. Students will be assigned a mentor to oversee their student teaching requirement. Further information about the student teaching requirement can be discussed with the program advisor.

What will the seminars consist of? Is it possible to be excused from them?

Seminars will take place the Saturday before every semester from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. They will cover topics that will be needed for the upcoming semester, such as times for advising, learning how to utilize the library and/or online databases, required technology, receiving student ID/parking pass, etc. If childcare is needed, it will be provided by Lyndon for a donation. Students can only be excused from a seminar for emergency purposes, and are advised to contact the instructor with any issue.

What types of Financial Aid is available to online ECE students?

Information about scholarships is coming. Contact the Admissions Department directly and ask what scholarships are available to you, as they can be changed and/or updated over time.

Additionally, make sure your FAFSA is complete (LSC FAFSA code: 003689). Vermont students should also check with VSAC for additional financial aid help in the form of scholarships and grants.

Tuition and Scholarships

Vermont, In-State Tuition

Fall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Tuition (full-time, 12 credits)$5,112$5,112$5,112
Student Activity Fee$135$135$135
Capital Development Fee$398$398$398
Vimeo fee (once annually)$30
Fall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Tuition (part-time, 9 credits)$3,834$3,834$3,834
Student Activity Fee$108$108$108
Capital Development Fee$288$288$288
Vimeo fee (once annually)$30

Transfer Scholarships for a full- time student enrolled in 12 or more credits.

  • 3.50 to 4.00 GPA: $3,500 award
  • 3.00 to 3.49 GPA: $3,000 award
  • 2.50 to 2.99 GPA: $2,500 award
  • 2.00 to 2.49 GPA: $2,000 award

Transfer Scholarships for a part-time student enrolled in 9-11 credits.

  • 3.50 to 4.00 GPA: $2,000 award
  • 3.00 to 3.49 GPA: $1,500 award
  • 2.50 to 2.99 GPA: $1,000 award
  • 2.00 to 2.49 GPA: $500 award


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