Increase Your Impact in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Qualified students who have their CDA® credential could earn their ECE Associate’s degree for around $10,000. 4 5

With Rasmussen University, you can apply what you already know to maximize savings toward earning your ECE Associate’s degree fully online. Earn up to 30 credits by successfully completing self-directed assessments to show you don’t need to take a specific course. 4 If you already have your Child Development Associate® (CDA)5 credential, you can obtain a course waiver for up to an additional 12 credits. 4 Learn more about the ECE Associate’s degree program >

Looking for an ECE Bachelor’s degree? The ECE Bachelor’s degree is designed for professionals looking for a future as leaders and directors of childcare programs or centers. Fully online, the ECE Bachelor’s can be completed in as few as 18 months. 2 Plus, if your employer has an educational alliance with Rasmussen University, you may be eligible for a Corporate Grant to save up to 10–20% on tuition. 3

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 non-public school setting or leadership role.

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Kayla S., ECE Graduate

“Rasmussen had the most flexible and fast-paced option for someone with a family lifestyle. My goal is to help prepare children to give them a head start. The more I learn, the better I can do that.”

Kayla S.
ECE Graduate

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  1. See Rasmussen University course catalog for transfer policies.

  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and number of courses completed each term.

  3. Students with tuition rates at or lower than $248 per credit for full-time rates and $321 per credit for part-time rates are not eligible for any grants or scholarships offered by the University. Students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program on or after January 2, 2023, may be eligible for institutional grants regardless of program or course tuition rate provided they meet all other applicable terms and conditions for the grants. Students enrolled in the Nursing Post-Graduate Certificates in Nursing Education, Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics or Nursing Leadership and Administration are not eligible for any grants or scholarships offered by the University. In order to qualify for the grant, all admission requirements must be completed, and enrolling students must provide proof of eligibility by submitting proof of employment. Students cannot receive both corporate and military grants. For additional details visit: rasmussen.edu/tuition/.

  4. Tuition for the ECE Associate’s degree program is $210 per credit for qualified students. A student who withdraws and re-enrolls will be required to pay the tuition price offered at the time of their re-enrollment. Students who receive the tuition price of $210 per credit cannot use any additional Rasmussen University discounts, grants and/or scholarships. If a student needs to retake one or more courses in the degree program, the total cost of the program will exceed $19,395. Program cost and estimated time to completion assume successful completion of up to eight self-directed assessments and the 12-credit CDA waiver, totaling up to 42 credits taken off the original 90 credits, bringing the total credits to 48 and total estimated cost to $10,290. Breakdown: $10,080 in tuition (48 credits) + $210 in book fees = $10,290 in estimated program cost. Program availability varies by campus and state; please see the Rasmussen University Catalog for details.
  5. CDA and Child Development Associate are registered trademarks of the Council for Professional Recognition.

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