Early Childhood & Family Advocacy, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Family Advocacy

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Early Childhood and Family Advocacy, Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program is designed to address the emerging need for professionals trained to work with children and family in non-teaching positions within public agency programs, private childcare centers and early education centers. 

This unique program in early childhood and family advocacy is preparing students by:

  • Providing comprehensive education and case management services to children and families.
  • Teaching how society influences early childhood and advocate for families, children and other adults.
  • Teaching how to create social policies and programs with early childhood at the forefront.

While Early Childhood Education programs are plentiful and degrees are adequate to prepare preschool teachers, there are few programs that prepare Early Childhood Family Advocates, those within educational settings working with families and children in non-teaching positions. 

Coursework includes:

  • Lifespan development and the family
  • Parent education
  • Family resource management
  • Families in crisis
  • Management and Assessment in preschool/elementary classrooms

Career Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that employment of social and human service assistants was projected to rise 11% in the 2014-2024 decade, which is faster than the national average. Professionals in this field earned median salaries of $30,830 as of 2015, according to the BLS.

Careers paths as an early childhood advocate may include:

  • Family educator
  • Family advocate
  • Child-care center director
  • Family Service Coordinator
  • Human services worker
  • Family service specialist

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.