At Rasmussen College, Rasmussen's Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree with a specialization in Special Needs prepares you to create an inclusive environment for exceptional learners to attain educational success and confidence in the early childhood setting. Rasmussen's online program prepares you to apply for your Child Development (CDA) credential and can be completed in as few as 18 months—or as few as 15 months for students who already have a current CDA Credential—waiving up to 12 credits.2 Career-focused curriculum is based on National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and is taught by experienced faculty. You’ll gain skills employers value, including the ability to create customized curriculum and teaching techniques that effectively develop students’ mental, emotional and physical capabilities. With Rasmussen's 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. Now is the time to further your impact on children’s lives, at a college that has been preparing educators since 1992.
1Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.
2The School of Education at Rasmussen College is not accredited by NAEYC. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term. 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 rasmussen.edu/SID for information about educational debt, earnings and completion rates.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Background check
School Accreditation Statement
Rasmussen College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. hlcommission.org | 800-621-7440.