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Earn Your Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree—Child Development Specialization

As a student specializing in the Child Development track of the Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree, you will go beyond the basics of child development in key sections of the degree to understand more deeply how and why children learn and develop the way they do. The program builds on your education and experience with young learners, adding new skills for leadership and instruction that prepare you to work in a variety of early childhood settings. You will also learn how to run a program, develop curriculum and lead other teachers, while maintaining best practices working with young learners from infancy through preschool.

Graduates of the Child Development specialization will also gain skills for evaluating their impact on the growth and development of children while establishing leadership expertise in coaching and mentoring, communicating with families, and advocating for public policies that affect early childhood learners. Through a combination of case studies, virtual observations, peer-to-peer discussions and virtual role-playing, you will practice implementing child development theory, teaching practices and leadership that will set you apart in the field.

You can complete this non-licensure Bachelor's degree-completion program in as few as 18 months.* And with our Flex Choice® option, you can combine traditional courses and self-directed assessments to save time and money while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Bachelor's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field ECE Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful career as an early childhood educator. The Child Development specialization is designed to help you gain relevant ECE skills employers seek, including:

  • Applying Developmental Research

    Learn how to employ evidence-based child development theories and teaching practices to plan high-quality programming for children and families.

  • Comprehensive Health, Nutrition and Safety

    Understand the factors that promote and inhibit a child’s early learning and development, including nutritional, economic, relational, environmental and neurologic influences.

  • Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development

    Gain developmentally appropriate skills to teach children at the critical stages of development by understanding their growth in cognitive, language, social-emotional domains.

  • Identify Challenges, Risk Factors and Early Prevention

    Learn how to identify risks and challenges to the health, safety and physical development of children and how to respond with intervention strategies, and identify possible protective factors to be used in prevention.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

Graduates from our School of Education programs are working for leading industries, including:*

  • Child Care Centers
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Museums
  • Preschool Education
  • Recreation
  • Nanny
  • Self-Employed Teaching
  • Social Services

117 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available. This program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and this program is not intended to lead to any state issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.

Program Entry Requirements

A criminal background check is required prior to enrolling in any ECE program. To learn more about entrance requirements and begin planning your ECE career, call 888-549-6755 or contact us to speak with a program manager.*

*Enrolling students also need to pass the Rasmussen College entrance placement exam(s) along with other program-specific requirements.

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In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for education professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2024)
Education Administrators Preschool and Childcare Center/Program$29,230$35,690$45,7907%
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education$19,430$22,750$28,7907%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 13, 2017] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed February 25, 2016] www.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.

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