The first eight years of life are a critical time in the development of a child. Early experiences provide the foundation for all future learning and development.

You can help to enrich these early learning experiences with your Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with Differentiated Instruction degree from Ashford University.

In the degree program, you will learn how to create positive developmental environments that support learning for diverse learners. Add further focus to your degree by selecting one of the specializations associated with this program.

Courses cover developmental theories, assessment and intervention techniques, ethics and legal responsibilities, and more. Be the difference in the life of a child.

  • Synthesize theories, processes, and approaches in the study of early child development from diverse perspectives across domains
  • Analyze differentiated instruction theories which address the interrelationship of child, family, and community, and culture on the growth, behavior, and development of children
  • Compile evidence-based strategies that demonstrate an awareness of exceptionalities and cultural diversity within the field of early child development
  • Assess the impact of contemporary issues and trends relating to the field of early child development and their multiple influences on current practice and knowledge
  • Propose diverse models of differentiated instruction and inclusion to emphasize access, participation, and partnerships with children and families
  • Apply professional and ethical practice with national early childhood development standards to include critical thinking, individual, reflection, and collaboration
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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions


An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.