Online Early Childhood Degrees

For people whose location or work schedule makes it difficult to pursue a campus-based, full-time degree program, there are online Early Childhood degree program options at all levels (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc.) available from accredited schools across the country.

* Rasmussen College, School of Education offers Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at two levels to meet the needs of early childhood educators at any stage of their career: A 9-month ECE Certificate for those just getting started, or a Bachelor’s in ECE Leadership for those ready to advance their careers by moving into administration.

* The Online Master's in Early Childhood Education from Capella's NCATE-accredited professional education unit will prepare you to effectively engage young students in the pre-K setting. With the option to focus on special education or classroom supervision, Capella's Master’s in Early Childhood Education is designed with the modern pre-K classroom in mind.

* The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the USC Rossier School of Education is designed for aspiring K-12 teachers looking to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become great teachers and help all students succeed. This teacher preparation program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential.

Even some “completely online” programs may require you to visit campus a handful of times, so it’s always a good idea to ask the school personnel specifically how much on-campus time is required.

Real Students Talk About Online ECE Degrees

Current students are the best source of unbiased information on what it’s like to earn an early childhood education degree online. That’s why we interviewed real students from notable online programs about their experiences. Below, ValindaJo Barkley of Arizona State University and Courtney Cruz of Youngstown State University break down the structure of their online degree programs, and advise you on how to balance working full-time with earning a degree online.

Arizona State University

Youngstown State University

The list below represents the result of our exhaustive research across hundreds of college and university websites. We hope that it gives you a good head start in researching your options!
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