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Early Childhood Education

Bachelor's Degree

Next start date

January 06, 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.2 Our Early Childhood Education classes online build on the foundations of early childhood education principles, while further developing your advanced leadership and administration skills that are needed for success in as few as 18 months.1 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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What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Be a Positive Influence

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 careers with an Early Childhood Education degree, 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 2016 and 2026 for education administrators preschool and childcare center/programs is 11%.3 An Early Childhood Education degree online from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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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 teach 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.

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

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We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager 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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Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager 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] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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