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.
Our Early Childhood Education degrees are available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework, self-directed assessments and competency-based education—the best of all worlds, so you can receive credit by demonstrating what you know and can do. Rasmussen College is a national leader in competency-based education, helping to advance this cutting-edge, faculty-led, project-based learning approach that prioritizes your learning over deadlines. CBE gives learners more control over their time, allowing you to move quickly through topics you already understand and slow down with more challenging material—a perfect fit for the busy adult learner! You’ll be able to have the flexibility you need in your life for college. Learn more about our Flex Choice offerings.
1 Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.
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- Support and financial aid planning
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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.
Choose from two specializations at the Associate’s level (Special Needs, or Child Development) and from an optional Child Development specialization at the Bachelor’s level.
Real World Experience
Internships provide 90 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.
Early Childhood Education Course Work
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
Our curriculum includes a focus on preparing students to apply for their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. Rasmussen is a proud partner of the CDA and the Council for Professional Recognition and is honored to be among a select group of early childhood education training organizations to be awarded the CDA® Gold Standard Training Certification. The certification helps ECE students find the high-quality training and support services they need to prepare for the CDA Credential.
*The Early Childhood Education programs at Rasmussen College are not accredited by the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. Rasmussen College is not a partner of NAEYC and our programs are not sponsored or endorsed by NAEYC.
This program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and this program is not intended to lead to any state issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.
Our Grads Work Across Industries
Graduates from our School of Education programs are working for leading industries, including:*
- Child Care Centers
- Early Childhood Education
- Public Preschool Education
- Self-Employed Nannies and Teachers
- Social Services
117 Years of Successful Graduates
At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.
*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.
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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.*
*Enrolling students 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 Education Professional?
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 2026)|
|Preschool Teachers Except Special Education||$19,430||$22,750||$28,790||11%|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 13, 2017] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed December 13, 2017] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.
* This program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and this program is not intended to lead to any state-issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.
How Much Will it Cost?
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We Help Make College Affordable
At Rasmussen College, we believe higher education should be a successful investment. That’s why we offer affordable options that make earning your degree attainable. See how you can save:
- Flex Choice® learning option
- Loans and Grants
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Corporate and Military Discounts
- Seamless transfer policies
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program:
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Program Page Methodology and Disclosures
Time to Complete
Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
Industry Certification Exams
Rasmussen College will reimburse the application fee for each first attempt of all of the industry certification exams for which you qualify to take. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.