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Whether you want to finish your bachelor’s degree, change your career, or expand your knowledge and earnings horizon, the University of Saint Mary has the Kansas City area’s most flexible and accelerated undergraduate degree-completion program.
If you’re thinking about returning to the classroom, make no mistake: now is the time. In this competitive job market, a college degree is more important than ever.
USM’s adult degree-completion program in child development education offers the same high level of academic excellence as our traditional day classes.
Our child development education program is designed for students with an associate’s degree in early childhood development. Under the guidance of caring instructors, you’ll explore how children learn and develop during their earliest years, and prepare to work with children from infancy through middle-school ages.
The major is also a stepping stone to professional graduate degree programs in psychology, sociology, adult education, or nursing.
Your advisors in the undergraduate degree-completion program are committed to your success. They’ll work diligently with you to arrange a schedule that fits your life.
USM’s accelerated degree-completion program is designed to meet the needs of busy individuals balancing work and family commitments.
We recommend that you submit your application materials at least three weeks prior to the start of the term.
USM’s adult degree-completion program offers you the same high quality education of as the university’s traditional undergraduate program in a more convenient and flexible accelerated evening format.
Child Development Education is essential for anyone who works with young children.
Visit our Core Courses tab for more information on what classes you’ll be taking and how many credit hours you’ll need.
Communications — nine credit hours comprising the following three courses
Humanities — six credit hours from the following areas:
Social Science — six credit hours from the following areas:
Science and Math — nine credit hours from the following areas:
IDEA Seminar I
IDEA Seminar II
The USM adult degree-completion program is ideally suited for students who have completed roughly two years of college (approximately 60 credit hours), although those with fewer credit hours are accepted.
You will work one-on-one with a faculty member to integrate your past learning and college credits into our program—or to complete any required courses you’re lacking within the context of the program.
You will be best prepared to enter the undergraduate degree-completion program if you have completed the following college courses.
Your advisor will work with you if you’re missing any of these requirements.
And you may receive credit for life experiences. A portfolio you prepare detailing your experience will be judged by a committee that determines how much college credit—up to a maximum of 30 hours—you will be granted.
Humanities (six credit hours/two courses). Must include courses from at least two of these five areas:
Social Sciences/Economics (six credit hours/two courses). Must include courses from at least two of these five areas:
Science/Mathematics (nine credit hours). Must include one course from a lab science and one from mathematics.
The USM adult degree-completion program is geared toward students who have completed roughly two years of college (approximately 60 credit hours).
USM requires the successful completion of 128 credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Overland Park Campus Director & Degree-Completion Advisor
Denise Filley, Child Development
B.S., Calgary Bible College; M.A., Liberty University
Margaret Gray, Child Development
B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A.T., Webster University
Olliea Jarrett, Child Development
B.S., M.A., University of Saint Mary
They generally will, as long as they come from an accredited college or university. You can only have 64 transfer credit hours from a two-year school, so you might have an excessive number of two-year school hours. They will transfer and show up on your transcript, but they will not count toward your degree.
There is no firm answer to this. Usually there are several factors to consider:
To get a better sense of timeframe, speak with a program advisor.
You may take classes at any of our sites. The Overland Park Campus will offer all of the classes for all of the degree-completion programs. Our Kansas City, Kansas site will have applied psychology, business administration, and sociology classes. The main campus in Leavenworth will also offer some evening classes.
Yes. Other than elementary education, most of the classes are in an 8-week format. Classes start August (Fall I), October (Fall II), January (Spring I), March (Spring II) and May (Summer Session).