Kaplan University is a for-profit distance-learning university owned by Kaplan, Inc, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company; Kaplan University is also know as the Iowa College Acquisition Corporation. Originally founded in 1937 as Quest College, Kaplan was bought by the Iowan College Acquisition Corporation and changed to Kaplan College, in honor of Kaplan Test Prep founder Stanley H. Kaplan.

Kaplan offers an accredited online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development. This 120-credit hour course prepares students to teach in pre-K and early elementary education, emphasizing family and community building, assessment, effective learning environments, sound professional standards and ethics, and cultural diversity. Students learn in a flexible online environment, with access to the Kaplan Online Library, and are provides with dedicated advisors to help with course selection, graduation, and job placement.

Applicants will need to:

• Complete an informational interview
• Tour the online learning environment
• Complete financial arrangements

Tuition for the online Early Childhood Education BS is $371 per credit hour, with a total of $66,780 for the entire program. Students may receive transfer credit for previous education to offset their tuition costs. While first-time Kaplan students are accepted on a provisional basis, and not eligible for financial aid, students apply for federal students loans and grants as a step in the admissions process. Military students benefit from tuition discounts and fee waivers, as well as numerous other perks.