Build On Your Success Impacting Children’s Lives

Complete Your Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree

Our Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's completion degree builds on the foundations of early childhood education principles, while further developing your leadership and administration skills.

Whether you’re looking to advance your career in a childcare center, lead your own program, or become a nanny, program director, or pre-K teacher, this non-licensure degree will help refine the skills you need to reach your goals.

Our ECE Leadership Bachelor’s degree combines business and ECE principles that emphasize leadership and advocacy. During this time you’ll also refine skills that will help you advance the development of young children. This degree is offered entirely online, ideal for working professionals trying to balance work, school, and home.

You can complete this degree in as few as 18 months. If you choose our Flex Choice® option, you can combine faculty-led and self-paced courses, saving you time and money, all 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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  • Online
  • AcceleratED
  • Flex Choice

Gain In-Field Early Childhood Education Skills Employers Seek

Through a career-focused curriculum, you’ll prepare for success applying the insight learned in your studies to your field. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices

    Understand how to work with children by using methods, materials and interactions that promote healthy childhood development.

  • Child, Parent, and Family Support

    Develop skills that will allow you to advocate for children and their families. Learn how to partner with parents and provide support through problem solving and understanding resources for families.

  • Career Confidence

    Learn to further integrate play theories, technology and developmentally appropriate practice into your program while learning to lead and operate a successful learning environment.

  • Specialized Expertise

    Our curriculum lets you focus on one of two career paths:
    • Leadership and Administration
    • Pre-kindergarten Teacher

An Immersive Approach to Online Education

Our curriculum is developed based on the national best standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)*. Throughout your curriculum, you gain the knowledge and skills you need for success as an educator who can positively influence children’s lives by promoting the healthy development of their physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and language development.

Partnership with CDA and Council for Professional Recognition

Rasmussen is a proud partner of the CDA and Council for Professional Recognition. Our curriculum includes a focus on preparing students to apply for their CDA credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.

*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.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

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

  • YMCA
  • Head Start
  • KinderCare Learning Center
  • Crème de la Crème
  • Montessori Schools
  • Minnesota Reading Corps
  • New Horizon Academy
  • Lee County School District
  • Bright Horizons

115 Years of Successful Graduates

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

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

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At Rasmussen College, it is important to us that we provide transparent, up-to-date salary estimates for all our degree programs as reported by our graduates. However, there is insufficient data available for this particular degree program at this time. Please check back, as we are working diligently to publish the updated salary information.

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.*

*Applicants 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 2022)
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program$28,520$34,900$45,26017%

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, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

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

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At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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