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Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

Make a difference in the lives of children and families by earning an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is a 60-credit-hour, 4-semester program that provides 24 credit hours of general education plus specialized education in a student’s focus area. It covers theories and techniques for fun and effective learning in courses like curriculum development, guidance and discipline, and creative expression. For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, coursework can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

At Ashworth College, enrollment in the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program is not dependent upon submission of standardized test scores. A high school diploma or equivalent is the only prerequisite for admission. Upon successful graduation from the program, students who wish to continue to the next degree level will have already completed half of the credit hours required for a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

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  • Easily afford this API Program Name program with 0% interest monthly payment options
  • Fit study around your life with our flexible online study model
  • Upgrade your career prospects and achieve your goals


What you get

  • 120 hours of professional education to apply to your CDA Credential™
  • A combination of textbooks and online lessons
  • Binder™ mobile app for taking your learning materials on-the-go
  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads

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Childcare job opportunities

Employment of childcare workers is expected to be favorable in the coming years. With a background in child development and your associate degree, you could soon hold one of the 84,300 new jobs that will be created for childcare workers through 2026*. There’s no better time to prepare.


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Early Childhood Education FAQ

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we’re here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

Earning a child development associate degree online makes sense if you want to prepare for a highly sought-after field. Your Early Childhood Education online associate degree assures you have a broad understanding of important general subjects and a deep grasp of real-world concepts and skills that you can apply in the real world. The best part is the convenience: you can earn your degree online without rearranging your life.

As soon as you enroll, you gain an Ashworth College Central Network. It's an online toolkit that offers step-by-step guidance for building your resume, drafting cover letters, writing thank yous, and more. Your lessons may refer you to the Ashworth College Central Network as you prepare to graduate and take new steps in your career. After you earn your degree, you'll retain your account so you can sharpen your Ashworth College Central Network anytime you need to.

Unlike other child development associate degree online programs, we allow you up to four (4) years from the date of your enrollment to graduate and earn your degree. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many advantages of Ashworth College.

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State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

NOTE: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification.

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