Wilkes University

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education ECE

Distinctive & Innovative Elementary & Early Childhood Program

Wilkes University is proud to offer the only online pathway designed for working adults who have completed 55 credits or an Associates degree to earn an Elementary and Early Childhood Education bachelor of arts degree with certification in Pennsylvania.

Would you like to continue your college education and attain a bachelor’s degree but your schedule doesn’t allow for attending traditional daytime classes? The Elementary and Early Childhood Education online program at Wilkes University is designed specifically for you! Our program offers all of the advantages of a traditional degree with educational certification and the flexibility of completing your coursework online.

In addition,  you may be eligible for a scholarship that covers nearly all tuition costs and applicable university fees, plus paid time off to complete field experiences.  The TEACH scholarship and additional funding allows students to complete their degree while working full time.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

Wilkes University has partnered with the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), administrator of the state-funded grant known as the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) Early Childhood Pennsylvania Scholarship. This program offers financial assistance to early childcare professionals in Keystone STARS facilities who wish to advance their education and expertise and move up the career lattice.

What does the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship cover?

  • Partial tuition
  • Applicable university fees
  • Paid release time for course completion (if applicable)

Additional scholarships and financial aid may be available for a tuition-free experience. Contact us to learn more.

Early childcare professionals, teachers, and assistant teachers working in Keystone STARS facilities who have completed at least 55 credits in an accredited Early Childhood Education or equivalent teacher preparation program.  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of preschool and elementary teachers will grow seven percent over the next 10 years due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education. The number of students enrolling in prekindergarten and elementary schools is expected to increase over the coming decade, as will the number of teachers and classes needed to accommodate them. Median pay in the United States for early childhood and elementary education teachers is $55,490 per year. 


For more information on Wilkes University’s online pathway toward a bachelor’s degree program in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, contact Dr. Amy M. Hnasko, assistant professor at amy.hnasko@wilkes.edu.