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A.A. in Early Childhood Education

Program Overview

Become an Effective Early Childhood Educator

Develop the skills and knowledge to help young children thrive. The fully online early childhood education associate degree program meets the training requirements for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program.

Develop the skills and knowledge to help young children thrive. The fully online early childhood education associate degree program meets the training requirements for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program.

Fast Facts

2

years, depending on transfer credits

64

total credit hours

$420

per credit hour

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Influence the Lives of Young Learners

Support young children from birth through the third grade with the associate degree in early childhood education. You’ll learn developmentally appropriate teaching practices that promote children’s academic success, social skills, physical and emotional health, and more.

After completing your degree, you’ll be able to work at preschools, daycares, or elementary schools, and you could also explore career opportunities in education administration, human services, or mental health. Concordia University, St. Paul’s program prepares you to apply for the Child Development Associate® credential, which recognizes the ability to successfully work with young children. 

Curriculum

The associate degree in early childhood education program provides a liberal arts perspective through an accelerated General Education core, plus 12 core credit hours. You’ll study foundations of early childhood education, the biological growth and development of children, developmentally appropriate practices for working with children, and the effect that play has on development.

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Program Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

95%

95% of CSP graduates receive job offers within one year of graduation, according to the First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul.

44%

CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average, according to the graduate earning data source at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.

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Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online associate degree in early childhood education from Concordia University, St. Paul, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The early childhood education associate degree online program from CSP costs $420 per credit hour. You can transfer a maximum 30 credit hours to get your total tuition cost down to $14,280. Convenient payment options and $2,000 partnership scholarships are also available to make your education even more affordable.

Faculty

You’ll have support from expert faculty members at CSP, who will be there to answer your questions and guide you throughout your associate degree in early childhood education program. It’s yet another way that the online format mimics the experience of studying at campus.

Get the Feel of an In-Person Program on Your Schedule

Online programs from Concordia University, St. Paul are designed for your busy lifestyle. You can study at your convenience while taking advantage of synchronous or asynchronous coursework. With our flexible online framework, you’ll get to know your peers and faculty while engaging in unique assignments and activities. Explore the various ways that you will receive support through every stage of the online learning experience, and discover tips about how to maximize your resources.

Online Experience

Financial Aid

In addition to financing your online education with federal student aid and private loans, CSP offers online students a tuition discount (this limits eligibility for institutional scholarships). Transfer students could receive $2,000 or more through transfer partnerships and transfer student awards. CSP is also a Military Friendly® institution. An enrollment counselor and tuition planner will help you apply for financial aid.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you interested in one of Concordia’s online programs? Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about time to completion, accreditation, tuition and fees, admissions, and more. If applicable, you can also learn more about licensure, concentrations, or specializations offered in the program. Get more information about any online program or contact an enrollment counselor at (855) 641-2525 with further questions.

Yes, you can transfer up to 30 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution toward this degree program. Our Transfer Specialists will guide you through the process.

Excluding general education requirements, the A.A. in Early Childhood Education has four courses.

Online associate programs from Concordia University, St. Paul are $420 per credit hour.

This program will prepare you to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program.

Without transfer credits, completing 64 credit hours at $420 per credit hour totals $26,880. However, with the maximum amount of transfer credits (30), your total tuition could be as low as $14,280 before scholarships and financial aid.

This program is offered fully online from Concordia University, St. Paul.

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