BS Completion in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education bachelor’s completion program is an innovative program created to support the development of highly trained, licensed early childcare providers.

Important Notice

As of spring 2015, we are no longer accepting new applications for this program. Review our list of degrees for another program within this college.
The Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Completion Program will prepare students to be licensed early childhood education teachers. This 33-month program is designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree in early childhood education or a related field and are seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree in education that meets Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) standards for teacher certification in early childhood (birth–8). After completing their Bachelor Degree and earning initial DPI certification, students have the opportunity to take 4 graduate classes and complete an additional semester of student teaching to obtain DPI certification in bilingual education.


Cardinal Stritch University developed this program in response to State and Federal mandates to increase the professional qualifications of early childhood education teachers, particularly in urban settings. Students who are currently working in an early childhood setting, such as a daycare facility or educational system, are able to complete the program without interrupting their employment. The program strongly emphasizes language and literacy development and the use of developmentally appropriate research-based practices to address the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of young children.


Students in the Early Childhood Education Bachelor Completion Program will complete five field experiences in their own classrooms throughout the program. Each student is guided by a mentor who has a minimum of a master’s degree and professional experience in early childhood. Mentors assist students in their classroom application of newly learned content and provide on-going support for the student’s professional development throughout the program. As students are exposed to increasingly challenging content through their courses, the expectations for classroom application increases; thus, the students have multiple opportunities to improve teaching practices over a longer period of time than would be offered in more traditional teacher certification programs.


Students in the Early Childhood Bachelor Completion Program learn through a cohort model with approximately 15-20 other students. In the cohort model, students develop a learning community and benefit from the diverse experiences of its members while supporting one another toward completion of the program. From September through May, classes meet two nights per week for three weeks per month. During the fourth week, students meet on a third night with their mentors and instructor for the field experience course. During the summer semester, classes are held Monday through Thursday evenings in June and July.


Cardinal Stritch University offers reduced tuition to students in the Early Childhood Bachelor Completion Program. Additionally, students may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid awards.

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Bachelor Completion program at Cardinal Stritch University might also be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship. The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program can provide the majority of the cost of tuition and books, making it an excellent option for financing their continued education. For more information, please visit or e-mail

R.E.W.A.R.D. provides stipends for experienced childcare providers through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Family. For more information, please visit