Programs and Degrees

Early Childhood Education and Development

What is 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. Students 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. 

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.

Minoring in Early Childhood Education and Development

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.


CECH Student Services Center
P.O. Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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.

Quick Facts

Completion of Academic Minor Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development

Full-Time Program Duration

1.5 Years


Uptown Campus West


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