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

Program Overview

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

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Program of Study: General education courses - approximately 48 credit hours Core courses - 59 credit hours Electives - 15 credit hours

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Toni Hill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Toni Hill's expertise is in child welfare and family issues and includes 20+ years of professional work in the areas of social services and foster care management and licensure, child protective services, kinship care and child welfare worker training.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.