Make a Significant Impact
on Children’s Lives

Earn Your Early Childhood Education Degree or Certificate

Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) degrees are designed to help you launch or advance your career quickly and conveniently, so you can begin to make a positive difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Through experienced faculty members who are experts in the field of early childhood education and a curriculum based on standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)*, our graduates are prepared to guide and promote children's healthy physical, social, emotional, intellectual and language development.

*The School of Education at Rasmussen College is not accredited by NAEYC.

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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

    Choose to specialize in:
    • Child Development
    • English Language Learner
    • Child and Family Studies
    • Special Needs

  • 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 to help you 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 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 $21,204
  • Associate's Degree $22,848

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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.

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In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), continuing your education can help you earn a higher salary and advance your career.* 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%

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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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