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Bachelor Degree Scholarship

We believe that supporting Delaware’s early childhood educators is the first step to supporting our children and our future.

This starts with ensuring that early childhood educators have equal access to professional development opportunities and educational betterment, free of financial barriers that limit career growth. 

As part of our scholarship program, tuition up to 13 credits per semester and some fees are covered without any employer requirements. Requirements include maintaining a 2.5 GPA, working in an OCCL licensed childcare setting, and participation in progress updates with the Scholarship Coordinator. Upon completion of a degree program, six months continuous employment in early child care and education is also required for completion stipends.

Requirements for Scholarship Eligibility

Tuition Covered up to 13 credits per semester at approved college/university

Maintain a 
2.5 GPA

No employer

Work in an OCCL licensed childcare setting at least 20 hours per week

Explore ECIC Scholarship Eligible Bachelor’s Programs in Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education Birth to Grade 2

    Delaware State University

    Delaware State University’s Early Childhood program provides a high quality educational experience in working with children ages 3-8. With a heavy emphasis on direct, practical experience, the ECE major offers outstanding preparation for careers in teaching, research, administration, and related fields.

  • Early Childhood Education

    University of Delaware

    UD’s Early Childhood Education major prepares students to help young children–with and without special needs–to reach their full potential. Graduates can teach in public and private schools and child care programs, become early interventionists and advocates, or work for community service agencies.

  • Human Services – Concentration in Early Childhood Education

    University of Delaware

    UD’s Human Services Degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education provides a pathway for students who want to pursue careers in early intervention, child care administration, and early care and education without public school teaching certification

  • Early Care & Education Birth to Grade 2

    Wilmington University

    The Bachelor of Science in Early Care and Education (Birth-Grade 2), one of Wilmington University’s four undergraduate teacher preparation programs, combines educational theory and classroom practice into specialized coursework that satisfies the Delaware Department of Education’s content knowledge requirements and qualifies our students to seek state certification to work in Delaware’s public-school-based early-learning centers which require a Delaware teaching license. This degree will allow you to teach children from birth through grade 2.

  • Education Studies, Concentration in Early Childhood Education

    Wilmington University

    The Wilmington University’s Bachelor of Science in Education Studies, Concentration in Early Childhood Education gives you the knowledge and skills to work effectively with children and youth in positions that do not require state licensure/certification. It can provide an early opportunity to enter a teacher licensure/certification program at a later date, or a strong foundation for students interested in areas such as learning theory, educational psychology, child development, and education best practices in preparation for a variety of other occupations and career paths.


Bachelor’s Scholarship Incentives


$250 Support
Stipend per Semester

Completion Stipend*

*after six months continuous employment in early care and education


The ECIC works closely with colleges and universities in the state to clarify and develop articulation agreements, which provide seamless transition of credentials obtained at different institutions. For students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the Childhood Development Associate (CDA), a nationally recognized credential in Early Childhood Care is considered for credit for prior learning at all institutions of higher education in Delaware who offer Early Childhood degree programs, allowing those credits to be applied towards the completion of your degree.

Current partners include Delaware Technical Community College, which allows for six (6) college credits as Industry Recognized credentials. DTCC accepts the CDA for two, three-credit courses: Childhood Nutrition & Safety and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.

Wilmington University allows for nine college credits as Industry Recognized Credentials. Wilm U also accepts the CDA for three, three-credit courses: Health, Safety, & Nutrition, Professional Issues in Early Childhood, and Infant & Toddler Development.

When articulation agreements are in place, students who complete an Associate degree can transfer to a four-year institution of higher education as juniors in their respective program to earn a Bachelor’s degree. 

Current agreements – DTCC, under their Connected Degree partnerships, offer the following transfer options:

  • Early Care and Education (DTCC) to Delaware State University’s Early Childhood Education program
  • Early Care and Education (DTCC) to the University of Delaware’s Early Childhood Education program
  • Early Care and Education (DTCC) to Wilmington University’s Education Studies Concentration: Elementary Education K-6 program, and Elementary Education K-6.


Credit for Prior Learning and/or Articulation agreements for CDA completion follow the guidelines established by Delaware’s Department of Education and are under review and development.

Still Have Questions?

Not sure how the ECIC could help with your career?
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Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have and talk through your goals for your career in early childhood education.