Make a Lasting Impression on a Child’s Life

Earn your Early Childhood Education Degree or Certificate

No matter where you are in your career, our early childhood education program can help you prepare for the position that’s right for you so you can really make a difference in a child’s life.

Our School of Education Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to help you start or advance a rewarding career dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families.

There are opportunities stemming from all levels of education. Whether you’re pursuing a Certificate, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree, we can help you find the path that will prepare you to succeed as an education professional.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate 9-12 Months
Associate's Degree 18 Months
Bachelor's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field Early Childhood Education Skills Employers Seek

Through a career-focused curriculum, along with an internship option, 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.

  • Specializations

    Choose from four specializations at the Associate’s level: Child and Family Studies, Special Needs, English Language Learner, or Child Development.

  • Real World Experience

    Internships provide 540 hours of applied learning experience in an early-childhood setting, helping you gain confidence working with young children and families.

  • 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.

An Immersive Approach to Online Education

Our curriculum is based on the national best standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)*. Throughout your curriculum, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as an educator—one 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.

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.

Average Starting Salary

for our Early Childhood Education Graduates:

  • Certificate$25,353
  • Associate's Degree$25,046

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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)
Childcare Workers$16,570$17,800$19,7309%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$18,680$22,010$28,12017%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 21, 2015] []. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 21, 2015] []. 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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