Tuition and Payment Options

Early childhood education degree online tuition

Take the first steps towards a career in the child care industry with our Early Childhood Education Degree online. With low-cost tuition and affordable payment plan options, you can get started today.

Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree 16-24 mo As low as $60/mo
1-800-471-3232 (9AM - 9PM EST)

Total Cost

Pricing is for the first semester of a four-semester program. The total cost of the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education tuition will be $3,400 - $5,500* depending on which payment plan you choose for your first semester tuition. The cost per semester is based on a price of up to $79 per credit.  The total credits and the cost per credit is subject to change 

per semester.  Program cost does not reflect any prior-earned eligible credits you may transfer in or credits awarded through a Prior Learning Assessment.


*The difference between the payment options is the dollar amount the credit will cost you for selecting a monthly payment plan versus paying in full.


California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Age - 17
  • Education - High School Diploma or GED
  • Technology Requirements - You will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, Microsoft® Office 2019 or Microsoft 365® and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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  • A smart phone or tablet device can also be used in addition to a computer, provided the device(s) can connect to the internet for exams and study guides only.
  • Skills Assessments - Students must successfully pass a skills assessment in basic math and reading to access their college courses.
  • Background Check - As part of the required field experience portions of the degree program, students are responsible for securing official child abuse clearances, criminal history reports, and/or background checks as required by their state and/or by the policies of the child care center used as their ECE Site Selection. 

What’s included?

Mobile-friendly coursework

Interactive course content

Digital textbooks and study materials

Goal setting-progress tracking tools

Unlimited student support

Career services

Option 1: Pay semester in full

Save up to $335 Ends 10/26/2021

First Semester


$1,404 Save $335

  • Best price. Best value.
  • Pay the full cost today
  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Save up to $5 Ends 10/26/2021

First Semester


$1,404 Save $5

  • Pay $60 per month
  • Start for $1 down
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

First semester


  • Pay $60 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payment using coupon book 
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Need more info or ready to enroll?

We're here to help.  Call 1-800-471-3232 9AM - 9PM EST

Transfer Credits

To have previous early childhood education coursework considered for transfer credits, contact the college you attended and request for your official transcript(s) to be sent to Penn Foster College for evaluation.

  • Minimum grade of "C" required for transfer credit.
  • Approved transfer credits will be deducted from your tuition.

Read more about Penn Foster College's credit transfer policy.

Refund Policy

At Penn Foster, we continue to develop new ways to expand and improve student satisfaction. However, if the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree isn't the right fit for you or you are not satisfied with your experience, we do offer a refund policy. If you cancel within the first 6 days of enrollment you will receive a full refund. After the first 6 days your refund amount will be based on:

  • Lessons completed
  • Tuition collected
  • Enrollment date

For more information, visit Penn Foster’s refund policy page.


Learn even more by viewing a sample enrollment agreement. 

Military Benefits

Many Penn Foster programs, including the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education are approved for veteran’s education benefits. Reservists may also qualify for veteran’s education benefits. If you think you may be eligible or would like more information, you can check with your local or regional VA office, or call Penn Foster at 1-888-427-2900 to speak with a VA Support Specialist.


If you are interested in using your MyCAA benefits, please call 1-800-238-9554 to speak to an Admissions Specialist for more information or to enroll.

Tuition FAQ

Is the tuition listed on the page for the entire Early Childhood Education Degree Program?

No, the above tuition is for semester one only. The Early Childhood Education Degree consists of four college semesters, each with its own tuition. The tuition is up to $79 per credit for all semesters. The A.S. in Early Childhood Education degree consists of 63 credits (Semester One: 14 credits, Semester Two: 15 credits, Semester Three: 16 credits, Semester Four: 18 credits). Penn Foster College reserves the right to adjust the tuition and fees in subsequent semesters. In addition, a non-refundable shipping and handling fee of $65 for each semester will be charged. 

Do I have to pay off my full semester one tuition before moving on to my next semester? 

No! If you've chosen a monthly payment plan for your online health care management classes and are still making payments when you complete semester one, your tuition balance will be rolled into the tuition total for your next semester. This can increase the cost of your monthly payments. 


Need more info or ready to enroll?

We're here to help.  Call 1-800-471-3232 9AM - 9PM EST

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