College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human ServicesCollege of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human ServicesUniversity of CincinnatiCollege of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services

College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services

Early Childhood Learning Community

Early Childhood Learning Community

Early Childhood Education Online


Early Childhood Education (ECE) Online offers accredited online degrees from the University of Cincinnati – accessible to you wherever you are right now! ECE Online is the national leader of online education because our courses are designed specifically for working professionals like you. Whether you are in a military childcare setting, Early Head Start or Head Start, or a preschool, our online courses will give you information and strategies that you learn today and use tomorrow!

The online curriculum also includes course work in English, Math, the Humanities, and Social Sciences. If you receive tuition assistance from FAFSA, you may apply it towards your ECE Online education.

  Your online options include:

  • CDA for credit or non-credit 
  • Associate degree in Early Childhood Care and Education, with a focus on preschoolers or infants and toddlers
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, with a specialization in children ages Birth -5
  • Individual courses or groups of courses to meet your professional development needs

Our online programs are included in our accreditations:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Ohio Department of Education

Our Guiding Principles:

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