Make a Profound Difference in the Lives of Young Children

Earn Your Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree or Certificate

At Rasmussen College, our School of Education offers an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Associate's degree—available fully online or on campus—and Certificate that prepare you to make a positive and profound difference in the lives of young children and their families. Through our industry-experienced faculty and specialized curriculum, you receive the level of skill development you need to help you achieve your early childhood education career goals with confidence.

Developed based on the national best standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), our curriculum helps you gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as an early childhood educator who can promote the healthy development of children's physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and language development.*

Why This Program?

As an ECE student, you gain the practical skills you need to make a positive impact as an early childhood educator through education that includes:

  • Specialized Curriculum Tailored to Your Career

    Specialize in one of the following four areas with curriculum based on national standards:

  • Focus on Preparing You for the CDA Credential

    Prepare for the full process of earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, from enrollment to the Council for Professional Recognition application

  • Convenient Online Courses to Fit Your Lifestyle

    Learn from seasoned professionals through convenient online and on campus courses

You can earn your Early Childhood Education Associate's degree in as little as

18 months

Minimize your time to graduation by transferring credits.*
Find out how

Average Class Size

24 students

Receive the attention you want in small class sizes.

What You'll Learn

Your online and on-campus ECE Associate's degree or Certificate courses prepare you to gain the practical skills and experience you need to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, as well as:

  • Career Insight from Experienced Educators

    Learn how to positively influence children's lives in courses led by experienced educators

  • Experience in Real-world Settings

    Gain 540 hours of applied learning experience through an internship in an early childhood setting

  • Skills to Develop Positive Classroom Environments

    Develop the knowledge and skills needed to foster positive learning environments for young children in classroom settings

Brian, Education Student

“Without my tutoring experience and the Career Expo, I wouldn't have landed the job I have today.”

— Brian, Education Student

Program Entry Requirements

To learn about the entrance requirements and receive coaching to plan your ECE Associate's degree or Certificate career path—including background checks and employer qualifications—call 888-549-6755 or complete the form to speak with a program manager.

Program Graduation Requirements

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Skills to Help Start Your Early Childhood Education Career

Our graduates are working for leading employers, including:

  • YMCA
  • Head Start
  • KinderCare Learning Center
  • Minnesota Reading Corps
  • New Horizon Academy
  • Lee County Public Schools

The hands-on skill development and real-world experience our students receive help them land careers in educational organizations throughout the nation.

FACT: 93% of our
ECE graduates

are EMPLOYED IN THEIR FIELD
or continuing their education.*

Education Career Outlook

Education Career Outlook

Education careers are expected to grow rapidly throughout the next decade. This comprehensive guide spotlights leading education careers to help you determine which career path is right for you.

Career Options and Salary Estimates

What Could You Earn as an Early Childhood Educator?

Your Early Childhood Education Associate's degree or Certificate can prepare you to become a daycare worker, preschool teacher, or choose to advance your career or specialize in another area of education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for a career our ECE graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Preschool Teachers $21,200 $29,130

The average
starting salary
for our Early Childhood Education Associate's degree graduates is

$22,051

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 Report from Bureau of Labor Statistcis
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%

The BLS estimates a

25% Job Growth

for preschool teachers by 2020.

Estimate Your Return on Investment (ROI)

Calculate the estimated return on your degree of interest.

Sample Estimated Return on Investment for:
Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree

  • $27,130 median salary
  • x 30 years
  • $813,900 estimated potential lifetime earnings
  • - $27,209 educational program costs*
  • $786,691 estimated return on investment

*Educational program costs are representative.

The BLS states the median yearly salary for a Preschool Teacher (except Special Education) is $27,130. If you invested $27,209 in your Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree and started a career as a Preschool Teacher (except Special Education) , your estimated return on investment would be $786,691 throughout your career.*

How Much Will It Cost?

Calculate the estimated cost for your degree.

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Financial Aid

We can help you find the financial aid options that work for your situation. With 93% of our students receiving financial aid, we know how to help make your degree more affordable:

Save Money Through Affordable Tuition and Credit Transfers

Watch the video below to learn more about how you can make your Rasmussen College degree more affordable:

Save Time and Money By Transferring Credits

  • Credit from thousands of colleges and universities
    • Transfer your credits from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Transfer all your previously-earned general education credits
    • We do not have an expiration date for general education credits
  • Work experience credit
    • Earn credit through prior learning, work, and military experience

» View all of our transfer policies

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An Accredited College You Can Trust

Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Higher Learning Commission  Mark of Affiliation

Why You Should Choose Rasmussen College

More than 110 Years of Helping Students Become Successful Professionals

Since 1900, Rasmussen College has provided practical, market-relevant, and career-specific higher education programs designed to give graduates a competitive advantage in the job market and achieve career success.

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Your Career Success Remains Our Focus Today

Today, our goal of helping our students become successful professionals remains strong. Whether you choose to earn your college degree on campus or online, everyone at Rasmussen College will work hard to help you achieve the professional success you want:

  • Career Services Advisor

    Helps you develop a resume and search for jobs so you can start your career upon graduation

  • Student Advisor

    Works with you to balance your course load so you graduate on time

  • Technical Support Specialist

    Troubleshoots your technology obstacles 24/7

  • Academic Tutor

    Clarifies complex course material, so you succeed in your courses

  • Student Financial Advisor

    Provides you with a clear understanding of your student loans, scholarships, and grants

Check out your complete SUPPORT+ team and see how they can help you earn your degree.

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