About Early Child Development Online Completer Degree

We are excited that you are interested in our online completer degree in Human Development and Family Science, Early Child Development option.

Whether you are transferring from another institution or you have decided to pick back up where you left off in your higher education journey, we are here to support you in finishing your bachelor’s degree through Auburn University.

Once you join the Auburn Family and the Human Development and Family Science department, you will receive academic support and professional guidance through a dedicated Student Success Coordinator along with the faculty that will be teaching your courses.

Upon completion of required courses* graduates will be qualified to seek an Early Child Development Certificate (Pre-K) which meets requirements to teach preschool in State of Alabama-funded pre-k classrooms.

Auburn University’s online Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science, Early Child Development (HDFS ECD) completer degree program provides a fully online and asynchronous curriculum. Students are able to receive the high-quality education that Auburn University provides with the convenience of completing coursework when their schedule allows.

Courses are offered in 7 ½ week mini terms, with 5 terms available each academic year. Students are also able to enroll in other online courses offered through Auburn University during traditional terms.

To earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science, Early Child Development option, students must complete 120 credits, 60 of which may be transferred from other institutions. Of the 73 credit hours from HDFS ECD courses, 12 credits are completed during an internship placement in the final semester.

Depending on transfer credits, your B.S. degree can be completed in just 5 semesters.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science, Early Child Development degree program at Auburn University is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The current accreditation term runs from August 2021 through August 2023.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Application requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must

  • have completed at least 30 credit hours
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • completed majority of Auburn University core requirements; it is recommended that ALL Auburn University core requirements be completed before applying

Auburn University Core requirements can be found here.
To see how your credits will transfer to Auburn, you can use the transfer equivalency table found here.

What does the program cost?

What does the program cost?

2021-2022 tuition rate for fully online students is $525/ credit hour.

*Tuition and fees subject to change annually. Visit Auburn Tuition & Fees for the most up-to-date information.

We want to make earning your degree through Auburn University an affordable process. Please visit Auburn’s Student Financial Services website to explore opportunities for loans, grants, and scholarships. Externally funded scholarships are also welcome.

Scholarship Opportunities

Many people who are currently working in the field of early care and education are eligible to apply for the TEACH scholarship program.

The College of Human Sciences and Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education has partnered to establish scholarship opportunities for students pursuing an online bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science, Early Child Development. Please complete the following application before December 1, 2023.

  • Application requires student to be currently enrolled in courses for Spring 2024.
  • Application requires a letter of recommendation from a site supervisor or faculty member.


Term Open Date Close Date Deposit Deadline
Fall August 15 July 15 August 1
Spring July 1 December 1 December 15
Summer August 15 May 1 May 1

More Information

Have questions? Email us at ecdonline@auburn.edu.