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Early Childhood Education and Development

The early childhood education and development minor offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how children develop from birth to age five. Students will get an introductory experience with early child care and infant and toddler care. The minor provides students with knowledge about development concerns with young children and how to best work with the families of children. Student will be introduced to the concept of play as an important part of a child’s early learning and development and also learn about the basics of developing creative instructional environments for young children. The required courses provide students with a beginning overview of child development and components of early learning environments. 


Quick Info

Program Code



1 years


Main Campus with Distance Learning Options


Early Childhood Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Cincinnati ,OH  45221
CECH Student Services Center
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Successful students will have good time management skills. They will be capable of completing the required minor coursework online and on campus. Students interested in this minor have the desire to develop and broaden their knowledge about how children develop and learn in their early years. 

Career Possibilities

The minor in early childhood education and development benefits careers in social work, pediatric medical fields, counseling, psychology and child life specialties.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The early childhood education and development minor is offered in the UC College of Education Criminal Justice and Human Service by the Early Childhood Education and Human Development Program.

Minor Details

Students from any UC program who believe that this minor will benefit them in their learning and future career are eligible to take the courses required to complete this minor.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Early Childhood Education and Development

Predominant Program

    Early Childhood Education and Development
    • ECE1001, Foundations in Early Childhood Education, DC, SE, 3
    • ECE2000, Introductory Child Development, SS, 3
    • ECE2040, Infant and Toddler Care and Education, 3
    • ECE3030, Social Issues in Early Care and Education, 3
    • ECE3045, Creative and Instructional Environments for Young Children, 3
    • ECExxxx, ECE 3114 Developmental Concerns Birth-5 and Family Partnerships, 3

Special Programs

Students will have the opportunity to observe at Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center.

Graduation Requirements

This program is open to students in good academic standing with a cumulative university grade point average of 2.0 and the desire to succeed. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. This expectation would include earning a C or higher in all minor coursework.


Interested students should meet with a UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Student Services staff member for appropriate advising. Please note: In order to obtain this certificate, 50 percent or more of the required coursework must be taken from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Application materials for the certificate/minor program can be located at:


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.