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Online BS in Early Childhood & Family Studies Management


Online BS in Early Childhood and Family Studies Management





Advocate, help, lead - take your next step with a degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies Management.

You might love working with young children AND you want to be a leader in your organization or daycare. The bachelor's of science in Early Childhood and Family Studies Management gives you the best of both worlds! Not only will you gain the knowledge to provide developmental and learning opportunities for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, you will also be equipped with practical business skills to take on administrative and leadership roles. This interdisciplinary program provides a strong foundation that blends the theory and practice of early childhood development with business concepts, preparing you to be a leader and an advocate for children and families.

As an Early Childhood and Family Studies Management student, you will get to learn about:

  • corporate social responsibility
  • developmental needs of children and what influences them
  • family and community characteristics
  • benefits and uses of assessment
  • effective curriculum-building strategies
  • professional and ethical guidelines for child and family advocacy
  • team management and collaboration

We offer you the skills you need to succeed in the world of early childhood services and administration. Whether you want to direct, operate, or own an early childhood program, or manage an early childhood agency or organization that services children and their families, this program is for you!

The Early Childhood and Family Studies Management program does not lead to teacher certification or a teaching degree.



T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® SOUTH CAROLINA provides scholarships for teachers, directors, owners, and family/group providers working in childcare to complete coursework in early childhood education. Scholarships for credentials, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees are offered to qualifying recipients. For more information, click the SC Endeavors link below.

SC Endeavors


Career Preparation

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

  • Head Start Administrator
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Director of Franchised Early Learning Programs/Schools
  • After-School Program Director
  • Preschool Director
  • Administrators in First Steps programs

Graduate Experience

Our early childhood graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs with employers such as:

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Head Start Programs
  • Day Care/Child Development Centers
  • Libraries



Admission Requirements for Online Associate and Bachelor Programs

  • Submission of a completed application
  • An official high school transcript if transferring fewer than 15 credit hours from accredited colleges or universities. Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Home school students must provide evidence of membership in an approved home school association and provide an official transcript with a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; otherwise, applicant must submit GED scores.
  • Transfer students who have attended other colleges or universities must provide official transcripts from each school attended. Students must have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted.
  • Submission of all military transcripts, if applicable.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.
  • Satisfactory interview with a designated committee or academic division, if required.

Learn more about transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities.

Have questions? We can help. Connect with an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or  .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!