EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY

Let me introduce myself and some rewarding online program options for early childhood teachers, leaders and advocates.

My name is Dr. Shauna Adams, and I coordinate an exciting online program designed by and for early childhood teachers, leaders and advocates. After working with busy early childhood professionals for more than a decade, it became clear to me and my colleagues that many existing bachelor's and master's degree programs do not meet the needs of the working professional. To address the demand for a responsive program, we brought our early care and education partners together to identify the needs of the field and to design a program that meets those needs.

The University of Dayton is a leader in the field of early childhood education, providing outstanding, cutting-edge preservice and inservice programs. This part-time online degree program:

  • Gives credit for work-related training.
  • Supports the Early Childhood Career Lattice by building on an associate's degree and earning credit toward a bachelor's and/or master's degree.
  • Is stackable, lean and affordable.
  • Comes from a university with a tradition of excellence. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the University of Dayton is one of the ten best Catholic universities in the nation.

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WHAT CAN YOU ACHIEVE WITH THIS PROGRAM?

Through our online Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy program, you can earn the following non-licensure degrees and certificate:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy
  • M.S. in Education, with a Concentration in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy
  • University-issued undergraduate certificate in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy (pdf)
  • University-issued graduate certificate in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy

Important note: The degree and certificate programs in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy are non-licensure programs. To learn more about teaching licensure degrees, please review the Department of Teacher Education's Licensure Programs.

Is ONLINE LEARNING FOR YOU?


Test out the quality of our online offerings by taking one of our online trainings, offered through the Bombeck Institute. These trainings require only five contact hours to complete, and are informative, engaging, affordable. Credits from these trainings can apply toward your degree should you decide that the University of Dayton Early Childhood Leadership &  Advocacy Program is for you.

B.S.E. in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy

Download undergraduate program brochure (pdf) >>

This part-time online program is designed for the early childhood professional who has an associate's degree in early childhood education or a related field. As a "stackable" program, the B.S.E. in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy builds on an associate's degree and allows students to apply up to 12 semester hours of reduced tuition workshop credit based on  job-embedded professional development. We know that quality early childhood programming requires quality professional development—and lots of it. We value the professional experience that you bring to the program and provide a vehicle for you to apply your professional development toward your degree.

M.S.E. WITH A CONCENTRATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY

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The graduate Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy program is designed for experienced early childhood professionals who wish to advance the knowledge and skills required to be effective leaders and advocates in the field of early care and education. The program content can be applied by program administrators, supervisors, teacher leaders and advocates in a variety of settings where professionals work with and advocate for young children and their families. All candidates in this concentration must complete the graduate leadership core sequence and either the administration strand or the advocacy strand. All coursework is available online and is designed for individuals who seek a part-time, web-based program.

Graduate & Undergraduate Options

The Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy program offers two professional certificates, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level, issued by the University of Dayton.

UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE


COURSEWORK LEADING TO THE UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP

21 semester hours

  • EDT 460E   Early Childhood Program and Personnel Management with lab
  • EDT 461E  Supporting Quality Curriculum and Instruction in Early Care and Education
  • EDT 462E   Regulations, Licensing and the Law in Early Care and Education with lab
  • EDT 463E  Managing Finances and Marketing in Early Care and Education with lab
  • EDT 464E  Advocacy in Early Care and Education
  • EDT 465E  Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

Download undergraduate program brochure (pdf) >>

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE


COURSEWORK LEADING TO THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP

21 semester hours

  • EDT 560E   Early Childhood Program and Personnel Management
  • EDT 561E   Supporting Quality Curriculum and Instruction in Early Care and Education
  • EDT 562E   Regulations, Licensing and the Law in Early Care and Education
  • EDT 563E   Managing Finances and Marketing in Early Care and Education
  • EDT 564E   Advocacy in Early Care and Education Leadership
  • EDT 565E   Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Administration and Advocacy

Download graduate program brochure (pdf) >>

When to take what

Sample Undergraduate Timeline


The proposed timeline is based on a student who enters the program with an associate's degree, has completed the general education requirements, and attends part time.

YEAR 1
YEAR 2

Summer
EDT 461E
Workshop credit

Summer
EDT 463E and lab
EDT 344

Fall
EDT 460E and lab
EDT 340 and lab
Workshop credit

Fall
EDT 464E and lab
Workshop credit

Spring
EDT 462E and lab
Workshop credit

Spring
EDT 465E
EDT 305

Sample Graduate Timeline


The proposed timeline is based on a student who plans to attend part time for two years and one summer.

YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3

Summer
EDT 561E

Summer
EDT 563E
or EDT 510
EDA 505

Summer
EDT 565E
EDT 667

Fall
EDT 560E
or EDT 573

Fall
EDA 509
EDT 500
or EDT 564E

Spring
EDT 562E
or EDT 500
EDT 502

Spring
EDT 660
EDA 556

What else should you know?

REDUCED TUITION


Students who are 24 years of age and older and who wish to attend the University of Dayton as part-time students can apply to take coursework through the Adult Degree Advancement Program (ADAP). Tuition for ADAP eligible students is discounted by 40 percent off the regular undergraduate tuition rate. Students who are ADAP eligible should make sure to indicate an interest in ADAP during the admissions process.

Partner Schools


The following schools have approved associate's degree programs in early childhood education:

Chatfield College
St. Martin or Cincinnati, Ohio

Sinclair Community College
Dayton, Ohio

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