Child, Youth & Family Studies: Emphasis in Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society
B.S. Degree: Bachelors Program Type: Online Interest: Child, Youth & Family Studies

Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society (ECEMS) prepares you to work in early childhood settings with young children whose family members are highly mobile. When you complete the program you will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education for children birth - age 8 and particularly those with highly mobile populations such as military installations.

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This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at UNL and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate or receive a certificate from UNL.

View GPIDEA Early Childhood in Mobile Society information.

Tuition & Fees For The
Early Childhood Undergraduate Degree

Admission Requirements

  • apply for admission as a transfer or first-time freshman student
  • apply to the program and meet minimum requirements:
    • completion of a minimum of 30 credits
    • a minimum GPA of 2.5
    • successfully pass a criminal background check

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Program Options & Courses

In the program, students must complete 13 core courses and 3 practica; the final practicum is a 6-credit capstone experience.

  • ACE (General Education) Requirements 30 credit hours
  • ECEMS Core Course Requirements 51 credit hours
  • Electives/Minor 39 credit hours
  • Total 120 credit hours

This program is designed to ensure that students meet the professional preparation standards endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC; 2011). Students will:

  • gain an understanding of young children's characteristics and needs, and multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
  • understand how successful early childhood education depends on partnerships with the child's family and community
  • value the importance and complex characteristics of a child's family and community.
  • use child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.
  • use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child.
  • identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession, using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood.
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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major.

Transfer credit information for undergraduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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