Early Childhood Education Courses Now Available

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"How to Become an

Early Childhood Educator"

Thanks to ChildCare Education Institute and StraighterLine’s partnership, you can now seamlessly bridge the gap between your state-required professional development hours and a college degree. Eighteen of CCEI’s programs are recommended by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) and the American College of Education (ACE). While the five StraighterLine Early Childhood Education courses are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

How to Become an Early Childhood Educator

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Start Your ECE Degree with Online Courses from StraighterLine


Start earning your associate’s or bachelor’s degree by enrolling in StraighterLine's early childhood education courses for eligibility of 15 college credits:

$79 + membership* | 3 credits

What does it mean to be an educator in the 21st century? This course will have you analyze current issues surrounding teaching as a career.

$79 + membership* | 3 credits

An overview into a variety of perspectives and strategies that teachers must master so they can remain flexible in the classroom, this course introduces you to the field of Educational Psychology and the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

$79 + membership* | 3 credits

What does it mean to teach exceptional students? What can teachers do to educate students with special needs alongside peers without exceptionalities? Learn various educational approaches to use with special needs students.

$99 + membership* | 3 credits

Strengthen your understanding of the relationship among classroom environment, classroom behavior, and learning. Specifically, you will gain knowledge of disciplinary and management models.

$99 + membership* | 3 credits

Receive an introduction to the pedagogy of language and literacy at the early childhood level, such as learning the basic constructs of reading instruction.

Begin your career as an Early Childhood Educator today with 4 of our most popular Education courses.  To save 20% on a bundle, click here for more information.

*Take as many courses as you would like with our $99/month subscription fee.


Continue on your degree path by earning as many credits as your school will accept from our 70+ general education courses.

Looking to pursue your education or teaching degree and don’t know which school you’d like to attend? When you choose from any of our three preferred education pathway partners, your credit transfer is guaranteed:

Want to explore other degree programs? StraighterLine partners with 150+ accredited colleges and universities nationwide that guarantee credit transfer. An additional 3,000+ schools have accepted StraighterLine courses through the ACE CREDIT service.

We recommend always confirming in advance with your chosen school that your credits will transfer to your preferred degree program.


Carla Jansen

Preschool Powol Packets

Lynette Drexel

The Bright Classroom

Foundations of Early Childhood Education is a very thorough introduction to classroom education. It includes background information and considerations that all teachers need like growth mindset, multiple intelligences, classroom dynamics, social and emotional learning, bias, differences in abilities of learners, and multicultural education.

I especially loved the history of education overview it gave. The course interface was very user-friendly and easy to access, and the information was important and engaging.

I highly recommend it for all new teachers!

Teaching Students with Exceptionalities explores how to effectively design learning for students with special needs alongside students without exceptionalities.

Throughout the course, you have the opportunity to read case studies for real world application learning. The material is easy to follow and self-paced for an extensive learning experience that is sure to improve your teaching and/or work with children!

Increase Your Earning Potential

There's never been a better time to pursue an early childhood education degree!
As more families seek high-quality care for their children, there’s a growing demand for more ECE professionals.

There's never been a better time to pursue an early childhood education degree! As more families seek high-quality care for their children, there’s a growing demand for more ECE professionals.

ECE Career Benefits

  • Job is always in demand
  • Rewarding and creative work
  • Help shape young minds

ECE Degree Benefits

  • Increase your salary
  • Make yourself more marketable
  • Widen variety of job opportunities

Average Starting Salary

*Adapted from the National Center for Education Statistics, This is value-added information about potential career and education paths, which extend beyond what CCEI offers.

CCEI's Child Development Associate Certification Course Programs

CCEI's CDA Certificates meet the clock hours of professional development required by The Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA Credential. The CDA online training program is comprised of eight Instructional Units. These units focus on the six CDA Competency Standards established by The Council for Professional Recognition.

 We have 3 CDA Certificate Paths for you to choose from:
Self-Study CDA         Instructor-Supported CDA          CDA Renewals

We have 3 CDA Certificate Paths for you to choose from:

  • Self-Study CDA
  • Instructor-Supported CDA
  • CDA Renewals

Expert Insight

Chrystine Mitchell, Ph.D.

Director, Early Childhood Education Operations

Prior to joining CCEI as the Director of ECE Operations, Dr. Mitchell served as an Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Early Childhood program at Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her research and scholarship includes work in literacy teaching and learning, pre-service education, and early education partnerships. She brings to ECE field over 20 years of experience spanning roles in higher-education, program administration, and Pre-K-4 education.

About StraighterLine

Courses are online and self-paced so you have the control to complete them on your schedule.

Courses start at only $79 plus a $99 monthly membership fee. And you can start and stop when needed then pick back up right where you left off. 

StraighterLine courses include eTextbooks, 24/7 on-demand tutoring, live student support 7 days a week, and final exam proctoring.

Typical course completion time is around 45 days.