Early Childhood Education Online (Birth-Age 5)

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Explore what Early Childhood Online has to offer

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Online Program at the University of Cincinnati offers fully online opportunities for furthering your knowledge in caring for and educating young children. Use the links below to learn more about our program’s options, request for more information or apply to the program.


The ECE Online Program is a national leader

Our online education courses are designed specifically for working professionals. Our graduates currently hold positions in:

  • Head Start and Early Head Start Agencies
  • For-profit and Non-profit Early Childhood Programs
  • Family Child Care Provider Homes (both Type A and B)

No matter your future goals, our online courses will give you information and strategies that you learn today and use tomorrow!

  • CDA (Child Development Associate credential) Coursework for Initial Credential and Renewal Hours 
  • Associate's Degree
    • Choose a focus area from one of the following:
      • Infant-Toddler
      • Preschool
      • Administration
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Individual courses for professional development or licensure renewal.

  • Our Guiding Principles:

    • To provide accessible education to early childhood teachers
    • To support teachers, families, staff, administrators, and children they serve
    • To help programs meet state and federal mandates and quality initiatives
    • To help teachers meet educational goals
    • To strengthen workplace learning
    • To create technology-proficient teachers

    ECE Online Facts

    • The program is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education Higher and accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
    • Tuition assistance is available from FAFSA, or T.E.A.C.H scholarships
    • We have dedicated advisors that will work with you to develop and maintain academic plans every semester.