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Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Program Details

At Rasmussen College, the Early Childhood Education Certificate prepares you with the essential skills and educational strategies to help make a positive impact in the lives of young children. The career-focused curriculum is aligned to national standards and prepares you to apply for your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. As a student, you will take courses from experienced faculty and if you already have a current CDA credential, you can waive up to 12 credits. Along the way, you’ll gain relevant skills employers value, including an understanding of child development and a variety of techniques for fostering a positive learning environment. You can earn your Certificate in as few as 9-12 months with courses offered online or on campus. You can also choose to take advantage of our favorable block transfer policy to apply your credits toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.

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

This program has not been approved by any state’s professional licensing body, and this program is not intended to lead to any state-issued professional license. 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. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Background check

Accreditation & Licensing

Rasmussen College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. | 800-621-7440.