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FCS/SCE B.A. in General Studies with child care option
(Associate's to Bachelor's in Child Care)

BA in General Studies

Option in Child Care Education

BA in General Studies (Formerly the Board of Trustees BA)

The School of Continuing Education bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program is an individualized, non-traditioanal program designed for working adults age 25 or older. The program combines sound academic principles with advances in technology to facilitate degree completion. After admission to the program, knowledge and skills acquired by non-academic means may be evaluated for academic credit.

Core Requirements

  • 120 semester hours total
  • 40 semester hours at the junior-senior level
  • 20 semester hours taken from EIU
  • 12 semester hours in Humanities/Fine Arts
  • 12 semester hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • 12 semester hours in Scientific Awareness/Mathematics
  • 6 semester hours in Communication/English
  • 1 course in Cultural Diversity
  • 1 Senior Seminar

In Addition Students Must:

  • Complete BGS 2985 Adults in Transition and BGS 4001 Self-Directed Leadership
  • Demonstrate writing competency
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average


  1. A student must be admitted to this program by the Director of the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program.
  2. After the student is admitted to the program, only grades of "C" and above will be counted toward meeting graduation requirements. Grades of "D" and "F" earned after admission to the program will be included in the cumulitive EIU grade point average, consistent with current EIU grade policy.

Resources for financial assistance    Students will be encouraged and assisted in applying for financial aid. One resource which is the Gateway Scholarship Program Early Childhood Illinois Project Office. Students receiving assistance from the Gateway Scholarship Program to pursue a Bachelor's degree are eligible for a maximum support of 15 credit hours for 3 semesters. Through the Gateway Scholarship Program, beginning students may receive a maximum support of 6 credit hours and continuing students may receive a maximum support of 9 credit hours. If students are awarded a Gateway Scholarship Program scholarship, a significant portion of their tuition expenses will be paid.


BA in General Studies, Option in Child Care Education    

The Option in Child Care Education (known for publicity purposes as the ABC/Associate's to Bachelor's in Child Care) is a cooperative effort of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the School of Continuing Education, and selected community colleges. Designed for non-traditional students who require flexible access to courses, it includes 60 hours of coursework offered exclusively online.

At the conclusion of their course of study, graduates are prepared to qualify for the Early Childhood Professional Level IV, as identified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Director Credential, as identified by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. The Option in Child Care Education meets the qualifications of the Illinois Director's Credential as an entitled program.

Criteria for Admission to the Option
  1. Admission to Eastern Illinois University
  2. Admission to the BA in General Studies Program.
  3. Completion of an associate's degree with a focus on Child Development/Education or a closely related field. Students completing associate degrees that do not meet the general education requirements of the BGS program may be required to complete additional coursework.