Early Childhood in a Mobile Society

Child, Youth & Family Studies: Emphasis in Early Childhood in a Mobile Society B.S.

Request Info

Request More Information

Program Summary

Children and families are increasingly mobile. This is especially true for military families, immigrant families, families who must travel to make a living, homeless families and families living in poverty. Young children and their families need professional support from individuals who are interested in working with them in a society that is always "on the go." That person could be you.

Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society (ECEMS) prepares you to work in early childhood settings with young children whose family members are highly mobile.

When you complete the program you will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education for children birth to age 8. Some of these programs are:

  • Childcare centers and homes
  • Infant/toddler and preschool programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight
Learn More

More Information

This program is designed to ensure that students meet the professional preparation standards endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC. This degree program does not lead to teacher licensure.

In this program, students will learn to:

  • use your understanding of young children's characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child;
  • understand how successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with children's families and communities and value the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities;
  • use child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child;
  • use your knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child;
  • identify and conduct yourself as a member of the early childhood profession, using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice; and
  • demonstrate, through sequential practicum experiences and clinical practice the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood.

Program Courses & Options

Learn more about your path to a degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies.

Slide over
Slide over

In the program, students must complete 13 core courses and 3 practica; the final practicum is a 6-credit capstone experience.

  • ACE (General Education) Requirements 33 credit hours
  • ECEMS Core Course Requirements 45 credit hours
  • Electives/Minor 42 credit hours
  • Total 120 credit hours

Great Plains IDEA Program

This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate from the university.
View GPIDEA Early Childhood in Mobile Society information


You will need to complete 120 credit hours (including transfer credits from eligible institutions) in order to finish the degree. There are many course options that will allow you to complete your entire program of study online.

Core Course Requirements (45 Credit Hours)

CYAF 203: ECEMS Child Development, Birth to 3 (3 credit hours)

CYAF 204: ECEMS Child Development, 4 to 8 (3 credit hours)

CYAF 205: ECEMS Guidance and Classroom Environments (3 credit hours)

CYAF 206: ECEMS Professional Development (3 credit hours)

CYAF 207: ECEMS Practicum 1 (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: CYAF 203, 204, 205, 206)

CYAF 208: ECEMS Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Settings (3 credit hours)

CYAF 209: ECEMS Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families (3 credit hours)

CYAF 212: ECEMS Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3 credit hours)

CYAF 213: ECEMS Technology and Young Children (3 credit hours)

CYAF 214: ECEMS Working with Families (3 credit hours)

CYAF 301: ECEMS Assessing Young Children and Their Environments to Enhance Development (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: Practicum I)

CYAF 302: ECEMS Development of Curriculum for Children ages Birth to 3 (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: Practicum I)

CYAF 303: ECEMS Development of Curriculum for Children ages 4 to 8 (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: Practicum I)

CYAF 304: ECEMS Young Children with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: Practicum I)

CYAF 305: ECEMS Practicum II (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: Practicum I)

CYAF 306: ECEMS Practicum III (3 credit hours)
(Prerequisites: Practicum II)

ACE Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Ace Requirements
Course Suggested Online Courses
Any Ace 1 Course JGEN 200, JGEN 220, ENGL 151, ENGL 150
Any Ace 2 Course ALEC 102
Any Ace 3 Course CSCE 101, ECON 215
Any Ace 4 Course AGRI 115, AGRI 485, AGRO 131
Any Ace 5 Course ENTO 115, GPSP 377
Any Ace 6 Course ANTH 110, ANTH 212, CRIM 101, ECON 211, SOCI 209, SOCI 225, CYAF 160
Any Ace 7 Course AHIS 101, AHIS 102
Any Ace 8 Course ECON 211, WMNS 101, CYAF 150
Any Ace 9 Course CYAF 495, GPSP 377, GPSP 378, POLS 160, ECON 321, ENGL 245N, WMNS 101, WMNS 385
Any Ace 10 Course CYAF 306: ECEMS: Practicum III

Electives (42 Credit Hours)

You will work with your major advisor to identify electives and/or minors. Elective courses are available in a wide variety of focus areas.
Elective Courses

Course Options for Current Students

Semester-based courses are a great option for on and off-campus students with demanding schedules. It's the same University of Nebraska–Lincoln professors. Same Nebraska classes, with more flexibility.

  • Classes run on the same semester schedule as traditional university classes, including registration periods and final exam week.
  • Must be a currently admitted student.
  • Courses apply toward full- or part-time enrollment for insurance and financial aid purposes (e.g., scholarships, grants, loans, etc.)
  • There is no limit to the number of online courses you can take per semester.
  • Some online courses require on-campus testing on specific dates. Off-campus students may need to secure a proctor for testing. Course syllabus and announcements will provide testing information.
  • Textbooks and course materials are available through the University Bookstore.
  • Many semester-based online courses fulfill Achievement-Centered Education requirements.
  • There are no class meetings but some science courses have labs.

Add On A Business Minor

Non-business majors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can take online classes to add a business minor to their University of Nebraska–Lincoln degree.

You have 2 options to enroll

Your individual situation will determine which courses are right for you. You should consult your academic advisor in your home college or department to determine if courses will meet the requirements of your degree.

  1. Online Courses with On-Campus Testing

    Intended for local students classes can be found through the MyRED Class Search by choosing Mode of Instruction > Online Class On-Campus Testing.

  2. Online Courses with no On-Campus Requirement
    Courses can be used by both local and off-campus students and can be found in the MyRED Class Search by choosing Mode of Instruction > Online Distance Class.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the requirements for admission as a new or transfer student for acceptance to the university.

In addition to being accepted as a student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you must also be accepted into the ECEMS major. When you apply to the university, indicate your intention to declare your major as ECEMS. You will be accepted into the program when you have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of college credit from an accredited four-year or two-year college with a minimum 2.5 GPA. You must also have a criminal background check that is clear of felonies.

If you have fewer than 30 credit hours, we will work with you to find the appropriate courses you need to complete the requirements.

Tuition & Fees

Core Courses

Great Plains Idea

Per Credit Hour*

Remaining Courses


Per Credit Hour*


Per Credit Hour*

*Rates may differ slightly based on the college from which you take classes
and for any additional fees associated with special classes. Contact us with questions.

Transferring Credit

Learn how the courses you've already taken apply to your program


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisors will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

See Child, Youth & Family Studies Faculty