Associate of Arts inEarly Childhood Education

Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 64
  • Course Length: 8 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online

Early Childhood Education

The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education program consists of 64 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The Early Childhood Education Associate's degree is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Completing the Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education allows students to maintain a professional edge in the Early Childhood Education field.

Curriculum Overview


The program focuses on the knowledge and skills teachers need to meet the emerging standards for early childhood educators working with children from birth to Grade 3, while meeting the training requirements of the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program.

Twelve credits from the list of the Early Childhood classes below will complete the Early Childhood emphasis. Twelve or more credits can be chosen from the following:

Satisfies 12 elective credits in the B.A. in Child Development program Certificate classes:

  • CHD310 Growth and Development of Children – 4 credits
  • CHD330 Best Practices in Early Childhood – 4 credits
  • CHD320 Role of Early Childhood Educator – 4 credits

Satisfies 12 credits in the B.A. in Child Development program:

  • CHD435 Developmentally Appropriate Practices in ECE – 3 credits
  • CHD440 Children’s Play and Learning – 3 credits
  • CHD430 Infants and Toddlers – 3 credits
  • CHD445 Language Development/Literacy – 3 credits

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In this reflective course students will evaluate their strengths as a learner; define priorities and goals when choosing a career; and gain a greater understanding of memory.

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Elective Courses


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
    • If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
    • If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

*120 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor’s degree

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Proven Results

Concordia’s online and on-campus programs deliver relevant skill sets and real-world career outcomes for professionals in a variety of fields and industries.

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation.

*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul

$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation.

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44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average.

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Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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