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Our AcceleratED Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree builds on the foundations of early childhood education principles, while further developing your leadership and administration skills. This non-licensure degree, which you can complete in as few as 18 months, can help you prepare to become a learning center director, program director or pre-kindergarten teacher with top national employers.*

Our ECE program was developed in partnership with industry leaders and teaches you operational leadership and administration skills needed for high-quality early childhood programs, techniques to advance children's language and literacy. You'll study child brain development and learn how to integrate technology and developmentally appropriate practice into the classroom.

If you choose our Flex Choice option that allows you to combine faculty-led and self-paced courses, you can 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*
Certificate 9-12 Months
Associate's Degree 18 Months
Bachelor's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field ECE Skills Employers Seek

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

  • Specialized Expertise

    Our curriculum allows you to focus your studies on one of two career paths:
    • Leadership and administration
    • Pre-kindergarten teacher

  • Real-World Experience

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

  • Classroom Management

    Develop the knowledge and skills you need to foster a positive learning environment for young children in the classroom.

  • Leadership and Preparation for Career Advancement

    Our ECE Leadership Bachelor's degree combines business and ECE principles to build on your knowledge and experience while helping prepare you to become a leader and advocate.

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 Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree is aligned with national standards and enables you to focus your studies on one of two career paths: leadership and administration or pre-kindergarten teacher.

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

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*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 $22,233
  • Associate's Degree $24,064

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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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How Much Could You Earn as an Early Childhood Educator?

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)
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$18,420$21,600$27,57017%
Childcare Workers$16,430$17,680$19,6009%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program$27,930$34,050$43,95017%

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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How Much Will it Cost?

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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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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