Early Childhood Education Certificate

Our Early Childhood Education Certificate can help you lay the foundation for a career as an educator working with young children in as little as nine to 12 months. Throughout your Certificate curriculum, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create a positive and thriving learning environment for your students. 

Our expedited and foundational Certificate curriculum is designed to give you the skills you need to help you successfully start your career as an educator in a short amount of time.

View courses for our Early Childhood Education Certificate. Download the course catalog for more information.

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Course listings are subject to change. Please see our course catalog and/or addendum for most current listings.


Early Childhood Education Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction
  • Foundations of Child Development
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition/CDA Application
  • Guiding Children's Behavior
  • Dynamics of the Family
  • Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

This course promotes the development of young children in the academic, social, and emotional domains. It examines developmentally appropriate methods for writing and assessing behavioral objectives, lesson plans, and activity goals. Various curriculum models will be reviewed. Strategies to enhance parent and family involvement will be emphasized.

Prerequisite:Foundations of Child Development

Course ID: EEC 1202
Credits: 4


This course will explore characteristics of children at different ages, children's developmental needs, and the foundation of early childhood education. Students will learn the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate practice as it relates to child development, individual needs, building self-esteem in children, and using interpersonal skills and communication within the classroom and center. Students will study the function of the family, and the cultural, social, class, and ethnic variations in the family as a social system.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 1700
Credits: 4


This course examines the role of early childhood professionals working in the field via the policies and procedures governed by the state. Students will learn guidelines for establishing safe environments. They will also learn strategies for implementing health policies, controlling disease, establishing proper nutrition, and responding to children’s special health concerns. Students will explore the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential standards and application requirements and, if eligible, may apply for the CDA Credential at the completion of this course.

Prerequisite:Foundations of Child Development

Course ID: EEC 1735
Credits: 4


Students will explore how to use guidance in the early childhood setting, with an emphasis on understanding why young children exhibit certain behaviors and how we can meet the child's needs effectively and with support. Students will learn how to provide positive guidance to young children with challenging behavior.

Prerequisites:Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; Health, Safety, and Nutrition/CDA Application

Course ID: EEC 2225
Credits: 4


This course will focus on the dynamics of the family and the family's influence on the growth and development of children. The history of family systems, child rearing, and parenting styles will be discussed. The course will explore issues that families of today face.

Prerequisites:Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; Health, Safety, and Nutrition/CDA Application

Course ID: EEC 2401
Credits: 4


Students will explore effective strategies for observation and assessment in early childhood education. They will understand the observation, assessment, and planning cycle and its impact on promoting children's development.

Prerequisites:Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; Health, Safety, and Nutrition/CDA Application

Course ID: EEC 2613
Credits: 4

Choose either Track I ** or Track II

Track I **  (Students must be enrolled through a campus and live in FL/IL/KS/MN/ND/WI)

  • Field Experience I : Knowledge
  • Field Experience II: Planning
  • Field Experience III: Reflection

Under a field experience, the student will observe and implement developmentally appropriate practices while interacting with children and adults.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 1960
Credits: 4


Students continue their field experience in an early childhood setting. The focus is on developmentally appropriate practices and leadership.

Prerequisite:Field Experience I : Knowledge

Course ID: EEC 1961
Credits: 4


Students will complete the required field experience in an early childhood setting. the student will implement developmentally appropriate practices while interacting with children and adults, demonstrating proficiency and continued growth via reflection and application.

Prerequisite: Field Experience II: Planning

Course ID: EEC 1962
Credits: 4

Track II (Students must be enrolled online and/or not eligible for Track I. Not available in ND.)

  • Early Childhood Education Exploration I: Knowledge
  • Early Childhood Education Exploration II: Planning
  • Early Childhood Education Exploration III: Reflection

This course is an introduction to early childhood education as a profession and practice. Students will explore developmentally appropriate practices, ethics and leadership in child care settings.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 1970
Credits: 4


Students will continue to focus on early childhood education as a profession and practice. Students will begin to explore developmentally appropriate practices with curriculum planning and implementation.

Prerequisite:Early Childhood Education Exploration I: Knowledge

Course ID: EEC 1971
Credits: 4


Student will continue to focus on early childhood education as a profession and practice. Students will continue to explore developmentally appropriate practices with curriculum planning and implementation.

Prerequisite:Early Childhood Education Exploration II: Planning

Course ID: EEC 1972
Credits: 4

Communication (*Required, Select 1 additonal course)

  • Locating and Evaluating Information

This course provides a broad overview of information literacy concepts by introducing skills for locating, evalulating, and ethically using a variety of resources for a specific purpose. The course begins with the information cycle and the production of information, followed by the identification of a topic & research questions, and the selection, evaluation, and integration of sources into an annotated bibliography.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: COM 1865*
Credits: 2

Developmental Education Courses

  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Practical Math

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate-level texts.

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4


Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Credits: 36*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

** Track I includes Field Experiences courses for residential students, which are not available to students in all states. Track II includes Exploration courses for online students. Please see the Early Childhood Education program page at rasmussen.edu or speak to a Program Manager for more details.

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