Affordable, Flexible, and Transfer-Friendly

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education degree from Mayville State University and remain near your home, work, and family. The Mayville State University Early Childhood Education program is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students who are currently employed in the field of Early Childhood Education. You can get a jump on the four-year degree soon to be required in the Early Childhood field and open the door to exciting career opportunities. You'll be prepared to make an impact in the lives of children from birth to age 8 after completing the program.

Mayville State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education degree program has been ranked among the best online Early Childhood Education programs by (2018), Affordable Colleges Online (2018), and Online U (2020).  Selection was based on weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation.

Read the January 25, 2020, MSU President's Column to learn more about this exciting opportunity! 


The Program

In response to the growing need for early childhood professionals across the country, Mayville State has developed the Early Childhood Education program. As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible to apply for Birth to 3rd grade licensure and have the opportunity to teach children from birth to age 8. The program takes full advantage of distance learning opportunities to provide flexibility. To ensure the high standards of the program, you will enroll in some methods classes that you will join synchronously at scheduled times. The balance of the program course requirements can be completed online or by arrangement. If you already have a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education or a B.S.Ed. degree in Elementary Education, you'd be able to transfer much of your course work into this program.


For more than a century, Mayville State has been training teachers while maintaining the highest standards. Mayville State's Reflective Experiential Teacher Model reflects professional, state, and institutional standards, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective, highly qualified teachers.

The Early Childhood Education program uses technology and innovative delivery methods to provide the kind of flexible experience that meets the needs of traditional and non-traditional students. 

Synchronous courses via Zoom are required for this program, as well as field experiences.

Mayville State's Division of Teacher Education & Psychology has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation's children by achieving accreditation under the performance-oriented standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formally the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.


Mayville State University accepts transfer credit from regionally recognized accredited institutions of postsecondary education. All credit hours earned from the institutions that meet this criterion are accepted in transfer towards graduation degree credit hours.

Mayville State is working with community and technical colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona, and Washington to clearly outline how their associate's degrees will transfer into the B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. Below you will find Mayville State's articulation agreements. You can find detailed transfer information from some of the institutions we have been working with. Please note, these are only sample articulations. Actual transfer credit granted will vary.

Find articulation agreements with Mayville State.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $337.25 per credit (2023-2024) for tuition and fees, regardless of a student's state of residency. Please note, tuition is subject to change without notice.  Financial aid is available in the form of grants and loans. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you first need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When completing the form, list Mayville State University (Title IV code 002993) on your application.

BS Early Childhood Education Factsheet

Early Childhood Education Minor


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students with information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Physical Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science, Composite Social Science). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Enrollment Center with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either Misti Wuori,, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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For more information or an unofficial transcript review, please contact:

Julie St. Germaine :: MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Connie Kaldor

Online Advisor & Recruiter
Phone: 701-788-4721
Text: 701-401-5791