Next program start date

August 07, 2024

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Empowered Learning®

Whether you're looking to advance your career in a childcare center, lead your own program or become a program director, this non-licensure Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education will help you further develop your leadership and administration skills.2 Finish this ECE degree in as few as 18 months with a combination of online coursework and self-directed assessments.1 These $149 online assessments let you prove that you already have the knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. Online Empowered Learning® courses allow you to learn by doing real-world projects, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers.

Our ECE programs do not prepare students for licensed teaching positions in any public school setting, but students will have the opportunity to help shape the futures of young children from birth to age six in a childcare and non-public school setting or leadership role.

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What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Set Children Up for Success

Our non-licensure Early Childhood Education courses give you the advanced knowledge and skills you need to lead the way in ethics and professionalism in early childhood education, as well as create a positive and thriving learning environment for children and their families.2

Pursue a Career in ECE

Our ECE degree graduates feel confident not only advancing their education with an Early Childhood Education Bachelor's degree online, but being a leader in the field. No matter what role they pursue, they can contribute to diverse teams and create positive experiences for children and families.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2020 and 2030 for Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare is 11%.3 An Early Childhood Education degree online from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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What Skills Will I Gain?

To develop your skills in a particular area of interest, you can choose between two specializations. The ECE Leadership specialization combines ECE principles with administration, management, ethics and communication. The Child Development specialization can help you understand more about early intervention, advanced principles relating to gender and the importance of partnering with parents and other caregivers. Through career-focused learning and real-world assessments, you can promote the healthy development of young children, early childhood ethics and positive leadership in your organization.

  • Ethics and Leadership in ECE

    ECE Leadership Specialization

    Employ the principles of ethics and leadership in early childhood education in order to successfully run your program, interact with parents and advocate for your students.

  • Professional Communications

    ECE Leadership Specialization

    Perform best practices in formal and informal communication with children, families and professionals. Build community in diverse settings and for various stakeholders.

  • Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development

    Child Development Specialization

    Utilize developmentally appropriate practices to support children at the critical stages of development of understanding their growth in cognitive, language and social-emotional domains.

  • Identify Challenges, Risk Factors and Positive Strategies

    Child Development Specialization

    Identify risks and challenges to the health, safety and physical development of children. Learn how to respond with intervention strategies, and identify possible protective factors and strategies to be used in prevention.

  • Transferable Skills

    Both Specializations

    You’ll also develop the soft skills you will transfer into your role. Core courses develop your skills in critical thinking, communication, digital fluency, information literacy, diversity, equity and inclusion, and ethics and professional responsibility. Specifically, you'll develop your digital fluency as you apply technological tools and methods to share, educate, communicate, advocate and collaborate with colleagues, families and children in developmentally appropriate ECE settings. Further your diversity, equity and inclusion skills as you investigate cross-cultural and anti-bias practices to be able to act in response to unfairness, eliminate barriers, collaborate as a team and ensure that all children and families are supported. Learn more about transferable skills.

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You are passionate and experienced in education, and now you can get the necessary leadership skills to advocate for young children and their families.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

  • Supporting Professional Practices in Early Childhood Education

    • EEC 3546
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Studies how to support professionalism of the early childhood field and focuses on practices that an ECE professional would engage in to increase their ability provide high quality services. Prepares students to locate and use resources to reach their professional goals, as well as to be an advocate for high quality early childhood education.

  • Communications and Connections for Early Childhood Professionals

    • ECE Leadership Specialization
    • EEC 3005
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Examines best practices in formal and informal communication with children, families and professionals. Explores how to build community in diverse settings and for various stakeholders. Create and analyze effective and ineffective methods of communication within a developmentally and culturally appropriate context.

  • Advanced Principles and Perspectives of Child Development

    • Child Development Specialization
    • EEC 4005
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Advanced study in the theory and principles of child development. Evaluates which current educational practices are developmentally appropriate and will challenge students to examine their own perspectives on how children learn. Focuses on the primary years of development through in-depth exploration of gender roles, socialization and cultural perspectives.

23 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

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While we aim to reduce your tuition through our own scholarships, military tuition grants, credit transfer policies, and other ways to help you save on your education—we encourage you to seek outside scholarships as well.

You can also receive course waivers if you have earned specific professional credentials:

Florida Child Care Professionals Credential (FCCPC)
Florida Early Childhood Professional Credential (ECPC)
Florida Child Care Apprenticeship Credential (CCAC)

Wisconsin Infant and Toddler Credential
Wisconsin Preschool Credential
Wisconsin Administration Credential
Wisconsin Leadership Credential

AIM4Excellence Director Credential
CDA Credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition

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MN T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA is a scholarship program that helps early childhood and school-age care providers increase their levels of education, compensation and commitment to the field by earning college credits and degrees.

WI T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school-age care settings.

FL T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® FLORIDA provides scholarships for early childhood teachers and facility/family home directors to work toward earning an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in early childhood education, a Florida Staff Credential, a Director Credential, a National CDA Assessment or credential renewals.

IL Gateways Scholarship Program

The Gateways Scholarship Program will pay a portion of tuition for eligible professionals working in early care and education or school-age programs who want to earn college credit, credentials or degrees.

As an entitled institution, Rasmussen University has aligned coursework to the IL Gateways Credentials. More information on the IL Gateways Credentials can be found here.

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must hold a conferred Associate’s degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the Department of Education, or students must have successfully completed 60 quarter or 40 semester credits with a grade of C or higher.

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We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with self-directed assessments, credit for prior learning, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, corporate grants and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find an ECE Degree Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an online Early Childhood Education program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois*
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin