Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education / Special Needs
Rasmussen University

Program Details

At Rasmussen University, our Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's degree-completion program builds on early childhood education principles with leadership and administration skills. You can choose to specialize in Leadership or Child Development, both paths taught by experienced faculty dedicated to your success. Along the way, you will develop teaching strategies as well as operational management and leadership skills that allow you to be a leader and advocate both in and out of the classroom. Our career-focused curriculum is based on National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and the online program can be completed in as few as 18 months.1,2 Transferring in your credits not only saves time, but on average, ECE Bachelor’s degree students also transfer in 93 credits which is equal to $24,180. And with our Flex Choice® option, you can combine traditional courses, self-directed assessments and competency-based education courses 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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100% Online

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