Brighten a Child’s Future with a Specialization in Child Development

Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree—Child Development Specialization

Our Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree with a specialization in Child Development—available fully online or on campus—can help you start your career as an early childhood educator. We base our specialized curriculum on National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and focus on the complete lifecycle of Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparedness.* To ensure you have substantial hands-on experience working with children, you also complete 540 hours of applied learning in an environment that supports your career goals. 



Join the Growing Education Field

Through our Early Childhood Education Associate's degree with a specialization in Child Development, you gain the skills needed to create a learning environment where your students enhance their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. As an early childhood education student, you develop a depth of learning that few other schools provide and that employers want when hiring future educators.

Whether you choose to complete your courses online or on campus, your instructors are seasoned professionals—many with Master's degrees—and they are dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career as an early childhood educator, not just as a daycare worker. With an emphasis on children's holistic growth, you develop the confidence you need to successfully lead education initiatives for a classroom of young children.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education Associate's degree by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights
  • 540 hours of applied learning experience in an education setting
  • Online and on campus courses led by seasoned professionals
  • Specialized curriculum based on national standards
  • Focus on the complete lifecycle of Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparedness

Child Development Courses

Online and on campus instruction for the Early Childhood Education degree is supported by an extensive hands-on externship, or our teacher reflection courses for online learners. You'll have the opportunity to earn while you learn at a licensed child care center.

  • Explore the foundation of early childhood education
  • Emphasis on creating a positive learning environment
  • Focus on children's holistic growth
  • 540 hours of applied learning

Sample Course List

Foundations of Child Development
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.
Infant and Toddler Development
This course will provide the foundation for responsive, relationship-based curriculum for infants and toddlers in group care. This course will introduce the philosophy and theory behind primary care, continuity of care, and respectful care as it relates to brain and attachment research. Explores ways of creating environments for infant/toddler group care which foster optimum social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
Dynamics of the Family
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.
The Exceptional Child
This course is designed to explore the benefits of inclusion in the early childhood setting. Students will develop an understanding of exceptional development. Students will identify the parties relevant to exceptional development and their roles as resources in support of the child and their families.
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  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040
4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440
6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240
8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880
9.4%

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Teacher Assistants $17,180$19,210$23,640
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$18,090$21,200$27,130

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Child Development graduates:

Associate's
$22,848

Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • Students who have earned a CDA Credential within the past three years, awarded by the National Council of Professional Recognition, and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate's degree or Business Management — Child Development Specialization Associate's degree may request a waiver from Foundations of Child Development; Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety and Nutrition. (applies to MN, WI, IL degree candidates)
  • Students who have earned a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), formerly known as the CDA-Equivalent or who have earned a CDA, awarded by the National Council within the past three years, awarded by The Florida Department of Children and Families, and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate's degree or Business Management — Child Development Specialization Associate's degree may request a waiver from Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety and Nutrition. (applies to FL degree candidates)
  • The student's credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, Rasmussen College will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

*The School of Education at Rasmussen College is not accredited by NAEYC.
Graduates of Early Childhood Education programs at Rasmussen College are not eligible for licensure as a teacher in an elementary or secondary school. A Bachelor’s degree and a state teaching license are typically required to work as a teacher in a public school and some private school settings. States, municipalities, districts or individual schools may have more stringent licensing requirements. Students must determine the licensure requirements in the state and school in which they intend to work.
Child care facilities and the states in which they are located establish qualifications for staff that work with children, and often implement guidelines regarding age, education, experience, and professional development. Students must determine the licensure requirements in the state and facility in which they intend to work.

 
 
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