Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education / Child Development
Rasmussen University

Program Details

At Rasmussen University, our Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree with a specialization in Child Development prepares you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to promote the healthy development of young children. Our 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 relevant skills employers value, including the ability to structure environments and activities for a variety of learners and to deliver developmentally appropriate education and communication strategies. With 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. Now is the time to further your impact on children’s lives, at a university 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 University 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 University 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 educational debt, earnings and completion rates.

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School Accreditation & Licensing

Rasmussen University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) | 800-621-7440.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Official High School Transcript/GED Score

Restricted States

Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa