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A.A. in Early Childhood Education

Answer the call to work as an Early Childhood Educator


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Aligned with CDA Credentials

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $420
  • Credit Hours 72

Program Benefits

  • Private, Christian education
  • Scholarships available
  • Free transfer credit evaluation
  • Flexible, online format
  • Now accepting applications – no app fee

Boost Your Career with an Accredited Online Degree

CSP Global’s online early childhood education degree gives you the social and physical child development knowledge you need to excel as an educator in two years. With this practical associate degree, you’ll meet the standards of the Child Development Associate National Credentialing program.

Guided by industry-experienced faculty members, you’ll complete a career-connected curriculum that explores the theories of Piaget, Erickson and other child experts and prepares you to facilitate create appropriate learning environments for young children. With our CAEP-accredited program, you’ll apply all the right classroom practices to foster exceptional learning experiences for young children.


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 a career-connected curriculum that explores 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

  • Meet the emerging standards for early childhood educators.
  • Adapt to the needs of young students from birth through grade three.
  • Create effective lesson plans that help young children develop lifelong skills.

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Completed online application
  • Submit official transcripts from your previous regionally accredited institution(s) 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. CSP Global 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.
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Tuition Details

The online A.A. in Early Childhood Education costs $420 per credit hour, making your total tuition $30,240. Convenient payment options and $2,000 partnership scholarships are available to help you pay for your education.


At CSP Global, you’ll have support from industry-experienced faculty who will offer guidance and answer your questions throughout your online associate degree in early childhood education program. It’s yet another way the online format mimics the experience of studying on campus.

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

With over 25 years of experience and more than 40 online programs, CSP Global is a pioneer in online education. As part of our diverse online community, you’ll receive a liberal arts education guided by Lutheran principles. The career-connected curricula, flexible learning options, and alumni connections available at CSP Global mean you’ll graduate ready for success. We are committed to delivering online programs with the same quality as our on-campus learning.

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Financial Aid

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you interested in one of CSP Global’s 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 CSP Global 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 CSP Global.

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