Early Childhood Education Associate's degree and certificate
At Rasmussen College, our School of Education offers an Early Childhood Education Associate's degree—available fully online or on campus—and Certificate that prepares you to make a positive and profound difference in the lives of young children and their families. Our industry-experienced instructors and specialized curriculum are dedicated and designed to transform you into a confident graduate who is an early childhood professional capable of going far beyond the role of a daycare worker. Earn our Early Childhood Education Associate's degree with one of the following specializations:
Our Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree and Certificate programs allow you to choose the education path that best fits your career goals—whether you want to advance your current early childhood educator career or just enter the early childhood education field.
Through our curriculum that is developed based on the national best standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)*, and our focus on the full lifecycle of Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparedness, you gain the knowledge and skills needed for success as an educator within a classroom. This curriculum and classroom experience allows you to positively influence children’s lives by building a solid foundation of academic and social education.
*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.