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Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree—English Language Learning Specialization

Offered fully online or on campus, our Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree specializing in English Language Learner (ELL) helps you develop a depth of learning that few other schools offer so you can better prepare your students with varied cultural backgrounds to succeed while maintaining their native language and culture. You also complete 540 hours of applied learning in an education setting to ensure you have the hands-on experience you need for a smooth career transition. 

Create an Education Environment That Energizes Children to Learn

With your English Language Learner specialization, you develop a depth of learning that few other schools offer and a unique skill set that is in demand in a growing number of early childhood education settings. From teaching tactics used to help children learn English in a classroom setting to visual aids and other more non-traditional teaching methods, you learn how to have a memorable impact on your students as you help them learn English.

We base our curriculum on National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and focus on the full lifecycle of Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparedness.* With instructors who are seasoned professionals, and many holding a Master's degree, you can maximize your education and gain the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career as an early childhood educator.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education Associate'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
  • 540 hours of applied learning experience in an education setting
  • Online and on campus courses led by seasoned professionals
  • Specialized curriculum based on national standards

English Language Learner Courses

In the ELL specialization, you learn different teaching tactics to help children learn English and other topics as well. The interaction you'll receive from your instructor helps you to communicate more effectively once you begin teaching. Near the end of your courses, you complete an extensive hands-on externship of 30 hours per week where you'll have the opportunity to earn while you learn at a licensed childcare center.

  • Prepare to effectively teach young children English
  • Strategies to involve families for effective communication
  • Help students maintain their native language and culture
  • 540 hours of applied learning

Sample Course List

Introduction to English Language Learners
Students will explore effective ways to adapt English language instruction to teach learners in our increasingly diverse population of young children and families. They will examine a range of communication styles, learning styles, and behaviors that affect English language teaching and learning. They will analyze the development of English language skills in all domains through social and cultural lenses.
Involving Parents of English Language Learners
Students will explore how to engage and support family involvement for English Language Learners. They will examine methods for maintaining effective communication and developing strong relationships with the families of English Language Learners.
Curriculum and Instruction for English Language Learners
Students will explore practical strategies in curriculum and instruction for English Language Learners. They will apply principles of developmentally appropriate practice in the context of educating dual language learners.
Early Childhood Education Capstone
Students will integrate the knowledge and skills gained from coursework in the Early Childhood Education program. They will complete a capstone project that integrates knowledge and skills in child development, health and nutrition, curriculum and instruction, observation and assessment, and other areas relevant to the field.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

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

    $299 $310
  • 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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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

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:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

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
Teacher Assistants $17,180$19,210$23,640
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$18,090$21,200$27,130

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,

Salary data includes earnings of March 2012 – December 2012 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our English Language Learners graduates:


Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study

*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.


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