Online AA Degree

As more emphasis is placed on high-quality education for children at the earliest stages of development, the requirements for those who teach also are changing. National early childhood organizations want educators to have strong teaching credentials and a holistic understanding of child development in order to create effective learning environments and forge strong partnerships with families.

In Ohio State’s Associate of Arts program, you will learn how to provide the high-quality education that young children need guided by a deeper understanding of the many factors that influence children’s development, including biology, family, and community.

As a student, your coursework is delivered in a completely online format. You will learn from some of the leading researchers in the country who are examining best practices in child development and education.

Successfully completing this program leads to an associate licensure in pre-kindergarten education in Ohio.* You also can apply most of your coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences or in early childhood education.

Eligibility

You must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for this AA degree.

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Do not already have a bachelor’s degree
  • Ohio State admission/enrollment/acceptance (read below for application details)
OSU Admission Application Deadlines

For the most updated and accurate deadlines see: 
http://undergrad.osu.edu/apply/freshmen-columbus/apply-step-by-step

Financial Aid

Make sure you receive the financial aid you deserve:
https://sfa.osu.edu/incoming-freshmen/apply-for-aid/step-by-step

Semester Commencement

See OSU registrar calendar for all dates:
https://registrar.osu.edu/staff/bigcal.asp

Application Fees - $60
Acceptance Fees - $100
Tuition & Other Fees
Rough Estimates:

Part-Time: $31,780
Full-Time: $20,224

https://online.osu.edu/tuition-and-fees/335
Financial Aid

Pell eligible students may apply for fee-waivers:
http://undergrad.osu.edu/apply/fee-waivers

For all financial aid information see:
https://sfa.osu.edu

A very helpful step-by-step process for getting the financial aid you deserve:
https://sfa.osu.edu/incoming-freshmen/apply-for-aid/step-by-step

Entirely Online – Internet Access Required

All coursework and required materials will be available or only-available online.

60 Total Required Hours

University Requirements 32cr
Writing and Related Skills 6cr
  • English 1110.01 or 1110.02 or 1110.03 3cr
  • Second level writing course - recommended HDFS 2367 3cr
Quantitative and Logical Skills 3-5cr
  • Math 1116 or equivalent 3-5cr
Natural Science 6cr
  • Human Nutrition 2210 3cr
  • Physical Science choice, recommended Chem 1100 3cr
Humanities 6cr
  • Literature of Visual/Performing Art choice 3cr
  • History choice 3cr
Social Science 9cr
  • Psych 1100 or Soc 1101 3cr
  • HDFS 2350 3cr
  • Choice 3cr
Core Requirements 28cr
  • ESEPSY 2309 Psychological Perspectives on Education 3cr
  • ESSPED 2650 Introduction to Young Children with Exceptionalities 3cr
  • HDFS 2200 Family Development 3cr
    or Virtual Lab School equivalent
  • HDFS 2410 Child Development 3cr
    or Virtual Lab School equivalent
  • HDFS 2800 Promoting Early Language & Literacy Development in ECDE 3cr
  • HDFS 2810 Developing Age Appropriate Curriculum for ECDE 3cr
  • EDU T&L 2820 Creativity and the Creative Arts in ECDE 3cr
  • HDFS 3189.01 Field Work with Targeted Populations: Children 3cr
    or Child Development Associate Credential Equivalent
    or Virtual Lab School equivalent
  • HDFS 3450 Managing and Supporting Behavior in Social Contexts 3cr
    or Virtual Lab School equivalent
  • HDFS 3800 Professional Development 1cr
    or Virtual Lab School equivalent
  • KNSFHP 1103 Introduction to Health and Wellness in American Society 2cr
    or Virtual Lab School equivalent

13 hrs covered by VLS (for registered VLS users only)* see VLS section below

Full Curriculum Sheet

 

Faculty

Cynthia Buettner, PhD, Professor
Sarah Lang, PhD, Assistant Professor
Suzanne Bartle-Haring, PhD, Professor
Michael Betz, PhD, Assistant Professor
Xin Feng, PhD, Associate Professor
Gene Folden, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor
Claire Kamp Dush, PhD, Associate Professor
Keeley Pratt, PhD, Associate Professor
Kelly Purtell, PhD, Assistant Professor
Natasha Slesnick, PhD, Professor
Anastasia Snyder, PhD, Associate Professor
Deanna Wilkinson, PhD, Associate Professor
Jen D. Wong, PhD, Assistant Professor
Arya Ansari, PhD, Assistant Professor

Full Faculty List
Transfer Credits to OSU
Virtual Lab School Credit

If you are a registered VLS user, and have completed all 15 Foundational Courses within the Infant Toddler, Preschool, or School-Age track:

  • You must still complete all 32 credit hours of University Requirements
  • You must still complete 15 credit hours of University Core Coursework
  • 13 credit hours will applied to your OSU AA degree at the end of completing all OSU AA degree coursework

    13 credit hours will cover the following Core Courses:

    • HDFS 2200 Family Development 3cr
    • HDFS 2410 Child Development 3cr
    • HDFS 3189.01 Field Work with Targeted Populations: Children 1cr
    • HDFS 3450 Managing and Supporting Behavior in Social Contexts 3cr
    • HDFS 3800 Professional Development 1cr
    • KNSFHP 1103 Introduction to Health and Wellness in American Society 2cr
  • Does not lead to teacher licensure
  • Associate licensure in pre-kindergarten education in Ohio
  • You also can apply most of your coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences or in early childhood education.
  1. Step 1: Be Informed

    Be sure you understand all of the information provided here about this online degree. Make sure you're eligible and aware of time and financial commitments, and online requirements.

    Need more info? Schedule an Advising Appointment.

     
  2. Step 2: Apply

    To begin the application process you'll need the following required items:

    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Professional references
    • Personal statement
    • Application Fee - $60

    Next, you can begin the official OSU application making sure to follow the notes outlined below to apply for this online AA degree program.

    Application Form Notes
    1. Create an Account:
      You will need to create a username and password.
      Be sure to save this information, as you will need it to monitor the status of your application.

    2. Select Application Type: “undergraduate

    3. Then select “Additional Populations”.

    4. Search Academic Plan:
      Type “Early Childhood Development and Education”.
      Select the term that you want to start the program, and then select the “Start Application” button.

      Select “College of Education and Human Ecology

      Under 'campus, select “Columbus” 

    5. Complete the Application:
      Be sure that you move through each tab located at the top of the application before submitting it. Also, be sure that you save each page before moving to the next tab.
     
  3. Step 3: Pay Admission & Tuition Fees

    Upon acceptance, you will be prompted to pay admission and tuition fees. (see above costs & financial aid section)

  4. Step 4: University Orientation – online only

    It is important to note that the OSU automated mailers sometimes sends out notices to online-AA degree students that is only meant for campus-based students. This is a small technical glitch that is being worked out as this is the first online AA degree program offered at Ohio State. Apologies for any confusion.

  5. Step 5: Placement tests

    If you are required to complete placement tests, this is the time for those.

  6. Step 6: Begin Coursework

    Your coursework will begin online with all regular semester commencement dates. See the OSU Academic Registrar for calendar information.

  7. Step 7: Submit VLS Coursework for Credit

    This only applies to registered VLS users with official VLS certificates of completion.

 
 
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