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Early Childhood Education

Bachelor's Degree

Next start date

February 12, 2020

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Flex Choice®

Whether you're looking to advance your career in a childcare center, lead your own program or become a program director, nanny or preschool educator, this non-licensure Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree will help you refine the skills you need to reach your goals and make a positive impact on young children and their families. Our ECE Bachelor’s degree features fully online courses and builds on the foundations of early childhood education principles, allowing you to further develop your advanced leadership and administration skills in as few as 18 months. 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 five in a non-public school setting or leadership role. Through career-focused curriculum and practical, relevant early childhood education training, you can promote healthy development of young children, early childhood ethics and positive leadership to your organization.

The Early Childhood Education Bachelor's degree-completion program allows you to choose one of two specializations—ECE Leadership and Child Development—to enhance your skills in a particular area of interest and lead your organization with confidence. The ECE Leadership specialization combines ECE principles with administration, management, ethics and communication. Specializing in Child Development can help you develop an understanding of early intervention, child development of age birth to preschool, advanced principles relating to gender, moral and social-emotional development of young children and the importance of partnering with parents and other caregivers. This non-licensure ECE degree is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework, self-directed assessments and competency-based education (CBE)—the best of all worlds, so you can receive credit by demonstrating what you know and can do.

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After this credential

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 your students and their families.2

Pursue a Career in ECE

Our graduates feel confident not only advancing their education with an Early Childhood Education Bachelor's degree online, but being a leader in their field no matter what role they pursue and creating positive experiences and value across their organization by contributing to a diverse team, students and their families.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2018 and 2028 for education administrators preschool and childcare center/programs is 7%. An Early Childhood Education degree online from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

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 facility, 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 skills 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 and 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 and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility. Specifically, you'll develop your digital fluency as you apply technological tools and methods to share, teach, communicate, advocate and collaborate with colleagues, families and children in developmentally appropriate ECE settings. Further your diversity and teamwork 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. Develops a leadership vision and apply this vision to build healthy, empowering connection with constituents. Analyzes 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 current educational practices as developmentally appropriate 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.

26 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

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Additional Ways to Save

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

For more information, please view the School of Education Waivers from the course waiver section in the course catalog.

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 has aligned coursework to the IL Gateways Credentials. More information on the IL Gateways Credentials can be found here.

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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 at least 70 quarter credits with a grade of C or higher.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. We will provide a transfer credit eligibility estimate quickly with one-day turnaround without needing a formal transcript—any kind of graduation record will do in order to produce an estimate. Talk to an admissions advisor today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find an Early Childhood Education Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, 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 Early Childhood Education program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois*
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. 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.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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