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Make a true difference in the lives of the youngest learners when you earn an early childhood education degree from Athens State University. The Early Childhood Education program will help you build the skills to support children during their formative years and set them up for success throughout their lives.

Promote the social, cognitive, and emotional development of children through a wide range of careers in various settings, including PreK through 3rd Grade, child development centers, head start programs, family childcare, and in child and youth services with the military. This program provides pre-service training in preparation for the class “B” certificate.

We prepare graduates to plan, implement, and assess learning experiences, guide child behavior, and collaborate with families to ensure a safe and healthy environment for every child. If you are ready for a rewarding and meaningful career in education, it’s time – your teaching degree awaits!

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Ranked 12th most affordable bachelor’s degree in education in the nation in 2018
(SR Education Group/OnlineU)

Learn from seasoned educators who have real-world experience within the classroom

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Why Choose Athens State University?

If you have existing college credit, Athens State is the perfect solution to finish what you started!

Personalized Support

Earn a degree from an institution with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, meaning you get personalized attention and support all along the way

Incredible Value

As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, you can rest assured that you are getting the best value for your investment

Completion College

As an upper-division institution, your goal is our goal – we focus on helping you finish what you started, advance your career, and meet your personal goals

Expert Faculty

Learn from the best and brightest – faculty members who know what knowledge and skills are needed to succeed in a competitive job market

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Athens State University was founded in 1822, making it the oldest continuously-operated institute of higher learning in the state of Alabama. Offering over 50 undergraduate majors and degree options, in addition to graduate programs, Athens State focuses on providing affordable, flexible, and high-quality options for all learners.

Athens State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Classes Begin:
May 18, 2020

Athens State University | Your University. Your Way.
300 N. Beaty Street | Athens, Alabama 35611
(256) 233-8100

Late Registration Ends:
May 26, 2020