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2022 Best Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Schools

179 Colleges in the United States
6,929 Associate Degrees
Ranked #14 in popularity, early childhood education is one of the most sought-after associate degree programs in the nation. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 179 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for early childhood education students pursuing a associate degree. Combined, these schools handed out 6,929 associate degrees in early childhood education to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Early Childhood Education School for Your Associate Degree

Best Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Schools The child development associate degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality child development program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a associate degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to early childhood education students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of early childhood education students who choose to seek a associate degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized early childhood education related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for early childhood education students working on their associate degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Early Childhood Education in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in early childhood education. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for an Associate in Child development

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
57 Annual Graduates

Urban College of Boston is a great option for individuals pursuing an associate degree in early childhood education. Urban College of Boston is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Boston.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Urban College of Boston

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
185 Annual Graduates

Rasmussen University - Florida is a good choice for individuals interested in an associate degree in early childhood education. Rasmussen University - Florida is a medium-sized private for-profit university located in the city of Ocala.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Rasmussen University - Florida

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Delaware Technical Community College - Terry is a good choice for individuals pursuing an associate degree in early childhood education. Delaware Tech is a large public college located in the small city of Dover.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Delaware Technical Community College - Terry

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
105 Annual Graduates

Tarrant County College District is one of the best schools in the United States for getting an associate degree in early childhood education. Tarrant County College is a very large public college located in the large city of Fort Worth.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Tarrant County College District

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Annual Graduates

Austin Community College District is a very large public college located in the city of Austin.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Austin Community College District

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
60 Annual Graduates

MATC is a large public college located in the large city of Milwaukee.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Milwaukee Area Technical College

#7

South Texas College

McAllen, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
291 Annual Graduates

South Texas College is a very large public college located in the city of McAllen.More information about a associate in early childhood education from South Texas College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Media, Delaware County Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Delaware County Community College

#9

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
191 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Lone Star College System

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
32 Annual Graduates

Rasmussen University - Illinois is a small private for-profit university located in the midsize city of Rockford.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Rasmussen University - Illinois

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
66 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public college with a very large student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Central New Mexico Community College

#12

Massachusetts Bay Community College

Wellesley Hills, MA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

MassBay Community College is a small public college located in the suburb of Wellesley Hills.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Massachusetts Bay Community College

#13

Saint Augustine College

Chicago, IL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, St. Augustine College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Saint Augustine College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
287 Annual Graduates

UAGC is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the large city of San Diego.More information about a associate in early childhood education from The University of Arizona Global Campus

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
16 Annual Graduates

Northeast is a moderately-sized public college located in the remote town of Norfolk.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Northeast Community College

#16

Capital Community College

Hartford, CT
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Hartford, Capital Community College is a public college with a small student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Capital Community College

#17

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Lake Worth, Palm Beach State College is a public college with a very large student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Palm Beach State College

#18

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Crossing, MA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Roxbury Crossing, Roxbury Community College is a public college with a small student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Roxbury Community College

#19

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
92 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Milledgeville, Georgia Military College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Georgia Military College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

NECC is a small public college located in the suburb of Haverhill.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Northern Essex Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
22 Annual Graduates

NCC is a small public college located in the city of Norwalk.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Norwalk Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Annual Graduates

Rasmussen University - Minnesota is a small private for-profit university located in the city of St. Cloud.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Rasmussen University - Minnesota

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Annual Graduates

FVTC is a large public college located in the midsize suburb of Appleton.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Fox Valley Technical College

#25

Stanly Community College

Albemarle, NC
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
31 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Albemarle, Stanly Technical College is a public college with a small student population.More information about a associate in early childhood education from Stanly Community College

Rest of the Top Best Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Schools

#25

Stanly Community College

Albemarle, NC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
27 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
28 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
29 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
30 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
31 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
32 Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville, GA
33 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
34 Rasmussen University - North Dakota Fargo, ND
35 Trinity Washington University Washington, DC

Early Childhood Education by Region

View the Best Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Early Childhood Education is one of 11 different types of Teacher Education Grade Specific programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Child development

Related Major Annual Graduates
Elementary Education 1,779
Teacher Education 1,271
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 606
Secondary Education 559
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 372
Teacher Development & Methodology 87
Adult & Continuing Education 7

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Vgrigas. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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