StraighterLine, CCEI and American College of Education Team Up to Offer Early Childhood Educators Path to Bachelor's Degree

StraighterLine, CCEI and American College of Education Team Up to Offer Early Childhood Educators Path to Bachelor's Degree

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Students can save up to $30,000* on a B.A. in Education Studies

*Derived from the average tuition expenses for a 4-year online bachelor's degree, utilizing U.S. News data.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2024)  -- American College of Education® (ACE) has partnered with StraighterLine and its subsidiary, ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), to provide early childhood educators an affordable way to earn a bachelor's degree in education online. This new opportunity allows those working in childcare centers, Head Start programs, and preschools to further their education and advance their careers while continuing to work.

“Many educators develop their passion for teaching while working in an early childcare setting,” said Amy Smith, Ph.D., chief learning officer at StraighterLine. “This partnership provides early childhood educators with a tremendous opportunity to advance their careers by earning a bachelor's degree and opening doors to opportunities from the classroom to administration.”

Early childhood educators can enroll in a variety of professional development opportunities offered with CCEI including the Child Development Associate® (CDA) training certification programs, Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) programs, Director's Certificate programs as well as Renewals and receive undergraduate credit toward a bachelor's completion program degree at ACE. Then, students can continue their education by taking online general education courses through StraighterLine. In total, students can save as much as $30,000 on their Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies when they transfer their CDA and StraighterLine courses into the degree completion program at ACE.

“Our mission is to equip educators to grow in their careers and ultimately serve their students the best they can. We are very excited to work with StraighterLine and CCEI to be able to provide pathways to do just that,” said Geordie Hyland, ACE President and CEO.

There are over 115,000 schools across the United States, each with a growing need for teachers from preschool through K-12. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, each year, on average there are 109,000 open teaching positions for Kindergarten and Elementary classrooms. 

Since 2017, StraighterLine and ACE have partnered to provide students with an affordable path to earn their bachelor's completion program online. ACE’s bachelor’s completion program degrees are designed to maximize the credit students transfer to ACE and help them complete their degree in as little as 15 months. Founded by educators for educators, students can be confident in continuing their education at an institution they can trust. 

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