The online Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Birth through Kindergarten degree at Appalachian

Become a leader in the classroom, home and community. Learn to provide development and learning opportunities for children and families.

The flexible, online Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Birth through Kindergarten program offered through Distance Education at Appalachian State University connects you with the knowledge and tools to guide today’s children from infancy through kindergarten.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 20-23 percent growth in the North Carolina job market for preschool teachers and preschool special education teachers. Now is the time to prepare yourself for a career in the growing child development field.

Through Appalachian’s Child Development undergraduate degree program, you will combine academic research with real-world practicum to better facilitate children’s success during a pivotal time of discovery, learning and growth. Explore the roles and responsibilities of the birth through kindergarten professional, including ways to foster and engage learning.

Child Development graduates with "A" licensure, which is a dual certification of both regular and special education, are also eligible to pursue graduate degrees in birth through kindergarten, elementary education and middle grades education.

Distance Education at Appalachian: Keep your life… Change your future.

More information on Child Development


  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool special education teacher
  • Daycare director
  • Child life specialist

Degree details

Program information

  • 6-8 hours per semester, year-round
  • Completion time: Seven semesters of classes plus one semester of student teaching
  • This program blends synchronous and asynchronous courses
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Admission requirements

The following are criteria required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 122 hours by the end of the program.

Our convenient Pre-Application Evaluation form (watch our video to learn more) will help you determine how your previous coursework satisfies program entrance requirements.

Program requirements

In addition to the courses delivered by Appalachian, you must complete the following courses before the start of the second semester of the program:

    • General Psychology, PSY 1200 (PSY 150)
    • Child Development: Birth-2 years, FCS 2101 (EDU 144)
    • Child Development: 3-K years, FCS 2104 (EDU 145)
    • Child Study & Guidance, FCS 2102 (EDU 146)
    • Foods & Nutrition for Children, NUT 2201 (EDU 153)
  • Before finishing this program, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.
  • Admission to Teacher Education is required by the end of the first year in the program.
  • After class work is finished, you will complete a Student Teaching internship during the last semester of the program. Speak with your advisor about student teaching before you start this program.

Note: Up until Student Teaching, the coursework in this program is delivered completely online. However, some courses require hours in a public school setting.


All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Semester Start Application Deadline


July 1

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.

Hear from an Alumnus

Vicki Walker

“I wanted more for my students and this was the perfect way to accomplish my goals. It was affordable, convenient, and provided me with an excellent education with professors that truly cared. I have accomplished my goals.”

– Vicki Walker