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2022 Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

407 Colleges in the United States
13,068 Bachelor's Degrees
Ranked #31 in popularity, early childhood education is one of the most sought-after bachelor's degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual looked at 407 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 13,068 bachelor's degrees in early childhood education to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Early Childhood Education School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools The child development bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on early childhood education students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of early childhood education students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized early childhood education related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for early childhood education students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Early Childhood Education Schools

The child development school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Early Childhood Education in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Child development

14 Annual Graduates

The College of New Jersey is a great decision for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public college located in the suburb of Ewing.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from The College of New Jersey

#2

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
3 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University

158 Annual Graduates

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the city of Seattle.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
27 Annual Graduates

University of Delaware is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Located in the large suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of Delaware

#5

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
58 Annual Graduates

TCU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Fort Worth.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Texas Christian University

#6

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from New York University

14 Annual Graduates

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

98 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#9

Towson University

Towson, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
63 Annual Graduates

Towson is a fairly large public university located in the city of Towson.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Towson University

#10

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
130 Annual Graduates

UGA is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Athens.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of Georgia

#11

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
36 Annual Graduates

UNI is a moderately-sized public university located in the small city of Cedar Falls.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of Northern Iowa

#12

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Bellingham, WWU is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Western Washington University

63 Annual Graduates

Illinois State is a very large public university located in the midsize suburb of Normal.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Illinois State University

#14

Elon University

Elon, NC
2 Annual Graduates

Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized suburb of Elon.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Elon University

#15

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN
18 Annual Graduates

MLC is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of New Ulm.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Martin Luther College

518 Annual Graduates

Cal State Fullerton is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Fullerton.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from California State University - Fullerton

#17

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
48 Annual Graduates

Salisbury is a medium-sized public university located in the small suburb of Salisbury.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Salisbury University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
71 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from University of Central Florida

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
201 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania

29 Annual Graduates

Iowa State is a very large public university located in the city of Ames.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Iowa State University

#21

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Boston University

11 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Indiana University - Bloomington

#23

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
17 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Purdue University - Main Campus

#24

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA
32 Annual Graduates

LVC is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Annville.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Lebanon Valley College

9 Annual Graduates

Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Loyola University Chicago

Rest of the Top Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI
#28

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#29

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA
#31

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

#33

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#34

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#38

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

#45

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA
#46

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#47

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA
#49

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 407 different United States early childhood education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
51 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
52 Clemson University Clemson, SC
53 Auburn University Auburn, AL
54 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
55 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
56 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
57 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
58 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
59 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
60 Bradley University Peoria, IL
61 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
62 Brandman University Irvine, CA
63 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
64 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
65 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
66 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
67 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
68 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
69 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
70 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
71 Ball State University Muncie, IN
72 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
73 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
74 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
75 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
76 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
77 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
78 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
79 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
80 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
81 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA

Early Childhood Education by Region

View the Best Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 11 majors within the Teacher Education Grade Specific area of study, Early Childhood Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Elementary Education 29,795
Secondary Education 3,494
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 2,352
Teacher Education 1,390
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 800
Teacher Development & Methodology 169
Adult & Continuing Education 24
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Methods 13
Montessori Teacher Education 8

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Vgrigas. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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