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Earn your affordable Early Childhood Education Associate Degree online

Earn your Early Childhood Education Associate Degree online and transform your passion into a rewarding career. Through our practical program, you will learn how to help children up to the age of eight get on the path to social, personal, and academic success.

This is your opportunity to prep for an important role in a growing field. Studying at your own pace, you can balance learning with your busy life—and our affordable tuition will help you balance your budget, too.

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Learn how you can:

  • Easily afford this API Program Name program with our no 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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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.


You have goals. We have standards. Let’s do great things together.


Gain essential skills and meet a professional education requirement.


Personal guidance is available upon enrollment and after graduation.

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"Ashworth College was a great experience for me. The instructors went over everything that you didn’t know with you - and they were always there when you needed them."

Frequently asked questions

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.

Yes! All Ashworth students have access to personalized career assistance. We’ll help you create an impactful resume, prepare for interviews and explore job opportunities that may be available in your area.

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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