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Make a Greater Difference with an Affordable Degree

Qualified Students Could Earn an ECE Associate’s Degree for Around $10,000 1

With Rasmussen University, qualified New Horizon Academy teachers can apply what they already know to maximize savings and minimize time to completion. You may be eligible to earn your Rasmussen University ECE Associate’s degree for around $10,000: 1

  • Earn up to 30 credits by successfully completing self-directed assessments to show you don’t need to take a specific course
  • Obtain a course waiver for up to 12 credits for already having your Child Development Associate® (CDA®) credential 2

Don’t have your CDA credential? Rasmussen University's program offers flexible online courses that prepare you for the CDA credential application.

If you're interested in other Rasmussen University programs, you may be eligible for a Corporate Grant to save up to 35% on the ECE Bachelor’s program or up to 20% on other eligible programs. 4

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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Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

Associate’s Degree

Make a positive difference in the lives of children as a well-equipped early childhood educator—earn your Associate’s degree in as few as 18 months. 3 With career-focused learning and flexible online courses, our Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education prepares you to meet the academic requirements for the CDA credential application. Students can specialize their degree in either Special Needs or Child Development.

And if you already have your CDA, you can request a course waiver for up to 12 credits, allowing you to finish in as few as 15 months. 3 Just provide your certificate to the Council for Professional Recognition.

Bachelor’s Degree

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. 5

Finish in as few as 18 months 3 with a combination of online courses and self-directed assessments, which can enable you to skip a number of courses by showing you know the content. Bachelor's students can choose between the traditional ECE Leadership track or specialize in Child Development.

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The path to higher education is ready for you. Classes start soon, but our convenient form makes it easy to register and start your journey in a Rasmussen University ECE program.

Quarter Term Start Date
Summer '24 Term 2
August 7, 2024
Fall '24 Term 1
Term 2
September 30, 2024
November 6, 2024
Winter '25 Term 1
January 6, 2025
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"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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Supporting Your Education

Rasmussen University makes it easy to navigate the ins and outs of taking college courses. With support services, you’re connected to the answers, planning and resources you need to be successful. Count on our peer tutors, mentors, librarians, financial aid experts and others on your support team.

Whom Should I Contact if I Have Additional Questions?

If you have questions or want to learn more, contact Amy Rice at [email protected] or 920-737-0991.

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