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Program Details

At Rasmussen College, the Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree with a specialization in Special Needs prepares you to help students with special needs attain educational success and confidence in the early childhood setting. Through career-focused curriculum based on National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards, our program prepares you to apply for your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Through courses led by experienced faculty and 540 hours of applied learning, you gain skills employers value, including the ability to create customized curriculum and teaching techniques that effectively develop students’ mental, emotional and physical capabilities. Your courses are offered online and on campus to fit your schedule. And if you choose our Flex Choice option, you can combine traditional courses and self-directed assessments to save time and money while pursuing a degree at a pace that fits your lifestyle.

The School of Education at Rasmussen College is not accredited by NAEYC. Graduates of Early Childhood Education programs at Rasmussen College are not eligible for licensure as a teacher in an elementary or secondary school. A Bachelor’s degree and a state teaching license are typically required to work as a teacher in a public school and some private school settings. States, municipalities, districts or individual schools may have more stringent licensing requirements. Students must determine the licensure requirements in the state and school in which they intend to work.See for information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program and other important information.


  • High school diploma, or equivalent
  • Background check

Accreditation & Licensing

Higher Learning Commission


This program is not authorized for residents of: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, or N. Mariana Islands.