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Earn your Early Childhood Education certificate online

Helping shape young minds is the kind of challenging, yet rewarding career that requires both compassion and discipline. Earn your Early Childhood Education certificate online and gain an understanding of what it takes to work with children—from curriculum development to health, safety, and nutrition. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to apply your studies to the 120 hours of professional education you need to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™.

Our Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education is further set apart by its flexibility. You’ll have the opportunity to set your own pace and fit your studies in alongside your existing obligations. With online classes, you can complete the one-semester program from anywhere and choose to proceed to an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education right away.

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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™
  • Textbook and/or comprehensive online resources and assessments
  • Credits which can be applied toward the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • The freedom to complete courses at your own speed with self-paced lessons
  • Opportunity to participate in a live commencement ceremony with other graduates

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Job opportunities

In day cares, preschools, private households, and other education settings, there will always be demand for caring, trustworthy professionals who understand how to guide children in the early stages of their education. So it’s no surprise that the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts a steady job growth rate of 7% for childcare workers through to 2026*.


Help guide children as they learn and navigate cultural diversity, creative expression, literacy, and more.


Start with the basics of child development and education and discover where your ECE career can take you.


Fit studies into your life and put credit earned toward an Associate Degree and/or industry credentials.

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 care certificate online makes sense for busy people who are ready for college-level study and want the convenience of learning from home. Your ECE certificate online will give you a solid foundation in subject matter that is useful for many satisfying careers.

Yes! Every student at Ashworth College gains access to the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that helps you work through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. Use the career tools as much as you like to prepare professional documents for your job search. Once you’ve graduated, you can come back to the Ashworth College Central Network at any time.

We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to earn your Early Childhood Education certificate online. A self-paced, flexible study schedule is one of the many benefits of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

Related programs

Earning a childcare certificate online is one way to take your career to the next level. If you’re interested in a different career path, we have a number of other Undergraduate Certificates including:

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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