Develop Strong and Healthy Children and Families

Earn Your Early Childhood Education Associate's Degree—Child and Family Studies Specialization

Our Early Childhood Education Associate's degree with a specialization in Child and Family Studies helps prepare you to support children with challenging behaviors in both the classroom and at home, provide parent education, and understand the mental development of children during early childhood. Understanding how a family truly functions is a difficult task—each individual, no matter how big or small, plays a vital role in the makeup of a family. Your courses at Rasmussen College help prepare you to work with children in the classroom and interact with their family. With a specialization in Child and Family Studies, you benefit from courses offered online and on campus while learning strategies to support children with challenging behaviors.

If you choose our Flex Choice option, you can combine faculty-led and self-paced courses to save time and money while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate 9-12 Months
Associate's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field ECE Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful career in early childhood education. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant ECE skills employers seek, including:

  • Child Development Foundations

    Learn the basics of developmentally appropriate practice as it relates to child development, individual needs, and using interpersonal skills and communication within the classroom or center.

  • Parent Education and Support

    Develop knowledge of how resources are assessed, allocated and utilized within families as well as strategies for helping families manage resources through various problem-solving methods.

  • Child and Family Advocacy

    Gain skills to advocate for children and families by understanding current legislation, social policy and advocacy techniques.

  • Guiding Children's Behavior

    Gain knowledge of the early childhood setting, with an emphasis on understanding why young children exhibit certain behaviors and how we can support the child's needs effectively.

Child and Family Studies Course Work

Developed based on National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) best standards, our curriculum focuses on preparing you to apply for your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.* Through specialized courses led by experience faculty and 540 hours of applied learning, you gain first-hand experience to help you gain a competitive advantage in today's job market.

*The School of Education at Rasmussen College is not accredited by NAEYC.

*This program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and this program is not intended to lead to any state issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Education programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • YMCA
  • Head Start
  • KinderCare Learning Center
  • Crème de la Crème
  • Montessori Schools
  • Minnesota Reading Corps
  • New Horizon Academy
  • Lee County School District
  • Bright Horizons

115 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

Average Starting Salary

for our Child and Family Studies Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree$24,064

Program Entry Requirements

A criminal background check is required prior to enrolling in any ECE program. To learn more about entrance requirements and begin planning your ECE career, call 888-549-6755 or contact us to speak with a program manager.*

*Applicants also need to pass the Rasmussen College entrance placement exam(s) along with other program-specific requirements.

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In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for education professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Childcare Workers$16,430$17,680$19,60017%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$18,420$21,660$27,5709%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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