Online Associate of Arts in Child Development

During the early years of child development, interactive education creates the foundation for lifelong success. Our child development program equips students to work with young children in a variety of settings, preparing activities and environments that foster physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development.

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At Point University, our online Associate of Arts in Child Development degree provides foundational coursework in early child development, education, and sociocultural contexts. Our child development program equips students to provide age-appropriate, Christ-centered care and nurturing to young children (birth through age 8). Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for an Early Education Teacher Certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).


1. Articulate a basic knowledge of the proper growth and development principles as they apply to young children from birth through age 8.

2. Plan developmentally-appropriate activities and environments to promote young children’s cognitive development.

3. Recognize the needs expressed by families with young children who have diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The online associate in child development program’s comprehensive curriculum is designed to help you develop foundational knowledge in early child development. Listed below are some of the courses offered to students:

  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Child Development
  • The Family
  • Principles & Methods of Teaching

Offered entirely online, the associate degree in child development at Point University allows students to structure their own study schedule. For this reason, the program length differs depending on how many credits students choose to take per term. On average, students complete the 60 credits required for the online associate in child development degree in two years.

All students enrolled in the associate degree in child development online program at Point University pay the same tuition rate, regardless of the state where the student resides. Already one of the most affordable choices among private colleges, Point University offers online students almost 40% off regular on-campus tuition.

Rate: $410 per credit hour*

To view a complete breakdown of tuition and fees, visit our Tuition & Fees: Online Students page.

*Tuition rate effective through summer semester 2023.

Point’s online associate degree in child development will equip you with the knowledge and tools to launch successful careers working with young children in roles such as:

  • Day Care Employee
  • Community Worker
  • Preschool Worker
  • Child Advocacy

The first step to apply for admission is to complete the free application. After you complete your application, an enrollment specialist will work with you to complete your file. Your application file for this program requires:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended schools*
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA**

Want to know more about applying to Point University? Submit your information to be contacted by a member of our team or visit our Support Center for additional information and resources.

*If you have less than 12 transferable college credits when you apply, your official high school transcript or GED certificate is required.
**Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may qualify for “Probationary Admission.”

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Point University offers the child development program in a fully-online format. Online students engage in asynchronous learning through a course website that facilitates interaction with their instructor and classmates.


This degree is 100% online. Take classes anytime – from anywhere in the world.


Up to 30 credit hours can be transferred into this program from an accredited institution, shortening your degree time by half.


Your faith will be strengthened with courses taught from a Christian worldview.


As an online student, you’ll receive the same quality education from respected professors as our on-campus students.


Our online student support services promote development tailored to fit your personal and professional goals.


Our 13-to-1 student to professor ratio provides a small class size where you’re not just a student – you’re family.

At Point University, you’ll develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, all while learning to be an effective leader. Get started today to discover your place in the Point family!