A Flexible, Practical Degree Option for Early Childhood Educators
The demand for well qualified early childhood educators is rising with the number of children now attending early childhood care and education programs. The Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake is primarily for students who have an associate's degree in an early childhood discipline from an accredited institution and would like to pursue a Bachelor's degree. This degree is focused on young children birth through age five with several courses that also cover the early school years through age eight. This is an affordable option to complete your bachelor's degree in a supportive environment with other students who currently work with small children and families and who wish to work in Early Childhood programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, or other early care and education programs and agencies where a Texas EC-6 Teacher Certification is not required.
Teaching Young Children Prepares them for Academic Success
As the importance of educating children during the early years is becoming more evident,
opportunities for jobs in quality educational programs for children are increasing.
The BAS courses focus on teaching diverse learners, curriculum and assessment, instructional
strategies, child development, family and community relations and leadership skills.
It builds on and extends child development coursework from the community college and
can be directly applied to your current work with young children and families.
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- Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), College of Education
Special Requirements1. Earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in an Early Childhood program, or a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in an Early Childhood discipline, and
2. Are eligible to return to the last school attended
*This plan is not available to UHCL freshmen. It is exclusively available to qualified transfer students seeking their first bachelor’s degree.
Ready to learn about the classes you need to take to earn your degree from the College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out all you need to know about the required course work, complete with options for electives.
Degree Plan Degree Map
Deadlines for Applying
- Freshman Deadlines
Priority - February 1
Final (Summer Session I) - June 10*
Final (Summer Session II) - July 15*
*Online application closes May 21. Freshman students applying after May 21 must submit all required documents along with paper application to the Office of Admissions.
Priority - February 1
Final - August 1
Priority - September 1
Final - December 1
- Transfer Deadlines
Spring 2019Final - January 22
Summer 2019Priority – May 21
Final (Summer Session I) – June 10
Final (Summer Session II) – July 15
Fall 2019Priority - August 12
Final - August 26
Spring 2020Priority - January 1
Final - TBA
Online applications close for transfer students after the Priority Deadline. Students who apply after the priority deadline must submit all required documentation with their paper application to the Office of Admissions and will be processed for late registration.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 20
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
Accreditations and Distinctions
UHCL’s College of Education graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for both initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation. We’re one of only 14 educator preparation programs in Texas to hold this accreditation. The College of Education is also accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency and holds accreditations from a number of organizations for individual specializations and certification programs.
We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.