Department of Teacher Education

Online Fast-Track Bachelor's Degree Completion Program


The University of Toledo's award winning  Fast Track Early Childhood Bachelor’s degree program is available completely via Online Learning.  Students who reside outside of the state of Ohio and enroll in an online program at UT may be eligible for the UT Achievement and Online Learning Out-of-State Scholarship. 

More information on scholarships for the ECE Fast Track Program can be found here:

 To be considered for this Bachelor’s degree program, you must:

  • Have an associate's degree in early childhood education or child development
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher (cumulative from all higher education coursework)
  • Be employed at an early care and education program serving infants, toddlers or preschoolers
  • Be working with children a minimum of 20 hours per week

If you do not meet those requirements, please check out our other Bachelor Degree programs, that may interest you by clicking here, or call 419-530-UTUT (8888) to speak with someone in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


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You can complete the program in 4 semesters of full-time study, with no summers.  Additional courses for a Bachelor of Education may be required in the university core if requirements are not met in associate's degree. Each semester consists of a 16-semester hour module of coursework and job-embedded field experiences, meaning you will complete field-based activities in your classroom, during your work hours. Please click here to see a Sample Plan of Study.

Guiding principles of the program:

  • The teacher is the decision-maker
  • Learning is relationship-based: Relationships between adults and children, and children and children are key
  • Partnerships with families strengthen children's learning and potential
  • Learning can and should be individualized to meet the needs of EVERY young child, including young children with disabilities

This program will provide you with a knowledge base to become a better teacher and educator. In addition, it may pave the path for increased salary as well as promotions.

A prime indicator of a quality early childhood program is the degree to which the teacher is appropriately trained.  Teachers who are better prepared and have higher levels of formal education provide better care and learning experiences to young children (Kelley & Camilli, 2007). 

NOTE: The Fast-Track program is non-licensure and does not lead to an early childhood teaching license


For more information, contact:

Colleen O'Neil
Associated Lecturer
Office:  419.530.4228



Kelley, P., & Camilli, G. (2007).  The impact of teacher education on outcomes in center-based early childhood education programs: A meta-analysis.  A working paper from the National Institute of Early Education Research, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Last Updated: 4/3/20