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Directory of Online Degree ECE Programs

Find out what colleges and/or institutions of high education offer degrees or other programs in ECE. This directory is a partial listing of online education courses. Inclusion does not imply endorsement by Exchange.



CDA Credential/CDA Renewal Credential: Offers online CDA and renewal classes.

Students work at their own pace and begin classes at any time. Articulates into college credit at many colleges.

Central Arizona College


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

The Early Care and Education Program is highly individualized and taught online for people working with young children. The course fulfills the educational requirements for the CDA.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Early Childhood Online Associates Degree

Clarion University of PA online early childhood associate program is an excellent way to earn a degree in early childhood education while working full time. The program is designed to prepare early childhood professionals for entry level positions through construction of knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to child development and the importance of early care and education.



Degree/Certificate/Credential: CDA; in some cases, college credit

Eager-to-Learn is an innovative community-based e-learning program designed to provide quality affordable education options to people who are for children.

Johnson and Wales University


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Masters of Education; Early Childhood Administration and Leadership

The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Administration and Leadership is the newest two-year degree program in the School of Education (Theory, Research, and Best Practices for aspiring directors and administrators). Dr. Bill Strader, director, Institute for Early Childhood Leadership and Professional Development.

Kaplan University


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Online Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Development, Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Educational Paraprofessional, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning

Kaplan University's education programs provide the relevant knowledge and skills needed to be a recognized professional working with young and older children today. Our education programs prepare students seeking entry-level positions in the field and provide the knowledge and tools for those who are continuing on in their profession. The Early Childhood Development emphasis area is aligned with the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and CDA (Child Development Associate) credentialing requirements.

Kaplan University awards associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in a progressive online learning platform that offers adult learners flexibility and real-world knowledge.

Kendall College


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Online BA in Early Childhood Education

The Kendall Online Degree is designed for the busy early childhood professional. Online collaboration plus video demonstrations of best practices create a unique learning experience.

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Aim4Excellence National Director Credential

Aim4Excellence is an online national director credential for early childhood administrators. The credential focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality programming for young children. Additionally, Aim4Excellence may be able to help you meet requirements for NAEYC accreditation, move up in your state professional development or QRIS system, or attain college credit.

NACCP Online Professional Education Center (online)


Degree/Certificate/Credential: CDA Courses & Administrator Training

Courses are designed to help child care professionals complete annual training requirements for administrators or acquire required training hours for CDA. Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at your convenience! Take unlimited courses for $199 per person, per year.

National-Louis University


Degree/Certificate/Credential: M.Ed. in Early Childhood Administration (online)

Our ECA program is a comprehensive study of the competencies needed to effectively administer early learning and care programs. Students attend a limited number of residencies in Chicago at critical mile posts along a 24-month degree sequence.

Nova Southeastern University

Fischler School of Education and Human Services


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Degree and professional development programs for early childhood educators at all levels including associate's, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, doctoral, endorsements, and CDA.

Most programs are offered completely online or in a blended delivery format, making study convenient and flexible for busy professionals. NSU's Fischler School of Education and Human Services' programs for early childhood educators meet national standards by combining cutting-edge research, best practices, and practical application.

Pacific Oaks College


Degree/Certificate/Credential: BA and MA in Human Development

Human Development provides a framework in theory and practice for professionals working with children and families. Discuss online work-based issues in leadership, communication, diversity, and program quality for children. Receive credit for life experience.

Penn Foster


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Online ECE Associate Degree, CDA, and more!

Penn Foster's affordable and high quality online Early Childhood programs all you to study at your own pace. We make it easy for you to work while learning!

Rasmussen College

Online Early Childhood Education Degree

Degree/Certificate/Credential: Early Childhood Education Associates Degree

Rasmussen College ECE degree is a progressive teacher education program that prepares students to meet the diverse needs of today's children and families. Online courses and mentoring by credentialed, caring faculty supports students in gaining valuable teaching experience in their early childhood setting. Rasmussen College ECE program faculty believe in you and the work you do to support young children's healthy development.

Comprehensive early childhood courses and practical hands-on experience available online or in a traditional classroom. Each option scaffolds into a higher diploma/degree.

Southeast Community College


Degree/Certificate/Credential: In-Home Child Care Certificate (professional nanny/family home child care); Child Care Professional Diploma (group setting care and education); Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree (includes child care administration).

Comprehensive early childhood courses and practical hands-on experience available online or in a traditional classroom. Each option scaffolds into a higher diploma/degree.

University of Cincinnati


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Heads Up! Reading, CDA, AA, and BA from Union Institute and University; Early Childhood Learning Center offers articulation from CDA to BA

University of Dayton

Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy


You can find the best way to fit your graduate coursework into your lifestyle by taking high quality, affordable programs online through the University of Dayton, which ranks as a top-tier national, doctoral-level university and one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy Programs are designed for experienced early childhood professionals, such as program administrators, supervisors, teacher leaders and other professionals who work with and advocate for young children and their families.

  • Learn how to become an agent of change in the early childhood movement.
  • Keep working...and get your degree or early childhood leadership certificate at the same time.
  • Receive credit for job-related training.
  • Use your own setting for most practicum experiencess - no student teaching required.
Master's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy (Builds on an associate's degree in early childhood or related field)

University of Missouri-St.Louis


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Online Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

From anywhere in the world, earn your Masters of Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood online from the University of Missouri's NCATE accredited program.

University of North Dakota

Online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education


Degree/Certificate/Credential: Online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education

The University of North Dakota's fully online Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the educational needs of young children, ages 0 to 8, in a variety of settings:

  • public and private schools (K-Grade 3)
  • Head Start programs
  • child development and child care centers
  • other programs related to the education of young children
How Online Degrees Work: Participate in online "live Web classes" held at set times that are convenient for you, such as in the evenings and/or weekends. You are not required to come to campus at any time.

Tuition: Regardless of where you live, you will pay in-state, resident tuition for all online courses.

Accreditation: The UND College of Education & Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. UND is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.