Department of Early Childhood Education


NOTICE: Sullivan University is no longer actively enrolling students for this program.

Are you passionate about embracing a career that makes a positive impact on the future? Do you get excited about caring for young children and creating enriching learning environments? Come to Sullivan University’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) department and explore an awesome career that impacts our world in big ways by caring and teaching little ones!

Sullivan is dedicated to preparing educated child care professionals. In 1988, Sullivan began developing a Professional Nanny program and became members of the International Nanny Association. By 1992, an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education was added to give students additional career options. Later, the program expanded virtually. All Professional Nanny and Early Childhood Education degree courses are now offered online.

The Early Childhood Education program of study integrates competencies and best practices from credible and research-based sources that include:

  • Child Development Associate Training Areas
  • International Nanny Association
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Child Care Information Center
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Center for Disease Control
  • USDA and
  • Safe Kids Worldwide

All courses overlap and cover more than one area, as well as integrate children’s literature, observation and assessment, current events in the career field, and licensing regulations to help students pull all of the pieces together. Students are required to demonstrate their learning by putting all of these theories into practice through hands-on learning. The Professional Nanny program requires 180 clock hours of externship while the ECE associate degree program requires an additional 120 clock hours. Externships provide the much-needed experiential learning with guided supervision, practical observation, assessment, opportunities to demonstrate care techniques, and reflections of individual learning and growth.

Our ECE faculty possesses the credentials and educational background to facilitate learning opportunities with a focus on real-world experiences working with children and parents in the home, childcare centers, and school. Choose our team to continue your educational journey! We look forward to learning and growing with you!

Vicke Bowman and Angela Riggs, ECE Directors


Full-Time Faculty

Vicke Bowman, ECE Director
Angela Riggs, ECE Director
Laura Wathen, ECE Associate Director

Adjunct Faculty

Basham, Debbie
Deveary, Georgina
Fekete, Cheryl
Onion, Amanda

  • I was drawn to [Sullivan’s] program because there was so much hands-on learning. It made me excited about attending the program before I had even enrolled. I loved being able to work with kids in different environments. We were able to do in home, in school, and in daycare externships. I have been a nanny on and off since I graduated in 2004 and having a degree definitely sets you apart from others applying for the same position. I was also able to earn a position as an assistant director at an ECE center because I had a degree! The one thing that I have knowledge of that some people don’t is NAEYC. We are taught the requirements for NAEYC certification in school and that is a plus when applying for a position with a center that has that certification.

    Erika Pouch Professional Nanny Diploma and Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Graduate

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