Become A Leader In An Early Childhood Education Program

Earn Your Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor’s Degree

In as little as 18 months, you can earn your Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor’s degree fully online to help advance your career.* This non-licensure degree can help you prepare to become a learning center director, program director, or pre-kindergarten teacher with top national employers. 

Our advanced curriculum—developed in partnership with industry leaders—is aligned with national standards and enables you to focus your studies on one of two career paths:

  • Leadership and administration
  • Pre-kindergarten teacher 

* Time to complete is dependent on number of credits transferred in and credits taken per quarter.

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in As Little As 18 Months—Fully Online

Our Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree builds on the foundations of early childhood education principles, while further developing your leadership and administration skills. The curriculum is designed in partnership with early childhood education industry leaders and teaches you how to:

  • Lead with ethics, developing organizational and management skills
  • Apply observation and assessment strategies to enhance learning
  • Gain advanced understanding of early childhood mental health
  • Effectively teach and learn to promote children's healthy development
  • Integrate technology and developmentally appropriate practice

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights
  • Learn operational leadership and administration needed for high-quality early childhood programs
  • Study child brain development
  • Learn techniques to advance children's language and literacy
  • Explore learning methods for children with disabilities
  • Explore learning methods for children with special needs

Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor’s Degree Courses

The six-week, fully online, AcceleratED courses focus on the techniques and skill development you need to provide high quality early childhood education:

  • Lead with ethics and develop organizational and management skills
  • Evaluate learning options that promote positive development
  • Promote diversity to empower families and children

Sample Course List

Organizational Management in Early Childhood Education
This course provides an overview of the operational management of high quality early childhood programs. The course includes practical application related to policies, procedures, roles, and responsibilities in the context of best practices for children and families. The characteristics of high quality early childhood professionals will be assessed. Students will examine external factors affecting the operation of programs, including political and societal trends.
Observation and Assessment for Effective Curriculum Planning
This course provides a framework for using best practices in observation and assessment in the early childhood classroom. Emphasis will be given to the necessity of high quality observation and assessment techniques for effective teaching. Students will examine assessment tools as well as learn about documenting children's learning.
Technology and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
This course will explore technology as a part of the world in which children, families, and early childhood professionals live. Students will learn the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate practice as it relates to the use of technology in the classroom, precautions that need to be taken, and the emersion of technology in everyday living. Students will study the function of technology in the early childhood program's procedures and policies, employ technology to assess and enhance children's growth and development, and critique technology to ensure its use is developmentally appropriate for each age and stage of child development.
Early Childhood Education: Environments and Play Theory
This course will explore how play and the environment promote learning and development in young children. Strategies to enhance indoor and outdoor learning environments will be emphasized. Students will reflect on their practices as they evaluate a wide variety of learning environments and curriculum models. Using knowledge of child development, students will design learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging.
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  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

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  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

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What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program$27,950$34,280$44,890

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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,

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Seamless Transfer Policies

Students entering the AcceleratED Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree must provide evidence of having a conferred Associate's degree in one of the programs listed below to gain acceptance to the program:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education Foundations
  • Early Childhood and Youth Development
  • Child Life Assistant
  • Human Services
  • Special Education
  • Child Care
  • Education and Youth Studies

Students who have a conferred Associate's degree in a field other than those listed above, or who have completed 91 quarter (61 semester) credits, will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the Dean of the School of Education. For further details on program entrance requirements, please contact a program manager and the college catalog.

Your Future-Faster

Maximizing your transfer of credit is one way Rasmussen College helps minimize your time to graduation. Through our AcceleratED courses, we also help streamline your time to graduation with focused six-week courses. This efficient course structure, combined with our extensive transfer policy options, can allow you to complete your Bachelor's degree in as little as 18 months.

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