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Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education

7,234 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 472 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in child development. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 49% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.4% of child development graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Child development Majors

In 2018-2019, 7,234 associate's degrees were awarded to child development majors. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in child development at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,806
Associate’s Degree 7,234
Basic Certificate 5,329
Master’s Degree 3,466
Undergraduate Certificate 1,990
Graduate Certificate 215
Doctor’s Degree 16

Earnings of Child development Majors With Associate’s Degrees

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for child development majors who have their associate's degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in child development. About 96.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 257
Women 6,977
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Child development

The racial-ethnic distribution of child development associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 171
Black or African American 1,219
Hispanic or Latino 1,800
White 3,328
International Students 102
Other Races/Ethnicities 614
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Child development Associate's Degree Students

There are 472 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in child development. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
320 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for child development majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 31,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The child development program at South Texas College awarded 320 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 94% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Ashford University

San Diego, California
314 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Each year, around 34,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 314 people received their associate's degree in child development from Ashford University. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#3

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
242 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Ivy Tech Community College. Each year, around 72,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 242 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Ivy Tech Community College. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#4

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
186 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Florida is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Roughly 8,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

The child development program at Rasmussen College - Florida awarded 186 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 95% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
172 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lone Star College System comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in child development. Each year, around 73,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 172 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at North Harris Montgomery. About 92% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, Texas
170 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwest Vista College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Roughly 16,200 attend the school each year. The child development program at Northwest Vista College awarded 170 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 80% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
102 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Liberty University. Each year, around 79,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Liberty University. About 99% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, Georgia
100 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Georgia Military College. Each year, around 8,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Georgia Military College. About 98% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

95 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Utah Valley University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Roughly 39,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,122 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,513 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 95 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at UVU. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#10

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
91 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central New Mexico Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Each year, around 23,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 people received their associate's degree in child development from CNM. About 93% of this group were women, and 70% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Palo Alto College

San Antonio, Texas
84 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Palo Alto College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 people received their associate's degree in child development from Palo Alto College. About 92% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Tarrant County College District

Fort Worth, Texas
83 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tarrant County College District comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in child development. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The child development program at Tarrant County College District awarded 83 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

77 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Collin County Community College District. Each year, around 33,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 people received their associate's degree in child development from Collin County Community College District. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

74 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Austin Community College District is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Roughly 40,700 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Austin Community College District. About 92% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
72 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fayetteville Technical Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Each year, around 11,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The child development program at Fayetteville Technical Community College awarded 72 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 99% were women.

#16

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
70 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harrisburg Area Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in child development. The child development program at Harrisburg Area Community College awarded 70 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas
70 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tyler Junior College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 people received their associate's degree in child development from Tyler Junior College. Of these students, 94% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Eastfield College

Mesquite, Texas
68 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastfield College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in child development. Each year, around 16,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 people received their associate's degree in child development from Eastfield College. Around 78% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#19

Stanly Community College

Albemarle, North Carolina
55 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stanly Community College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in child development. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 associate's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Stanly Technical College. About 98% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
54 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in child development. The child development program at Wake Technical Community College awarded 54 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to child development that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Elementary Education 1,782
Teacher Education 1,294
Secondary Education 605
Kindergarten/Preschool Education 564
Middle School Education & Teaching 344

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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