Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Programs Of Study
Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

With job openings for formally-trained early childhood education professionals expected to grow by 19% through 2018, now's the time to get started on this rewarding career path.

The Early Childhood Education program focuses specifically on the education of professionals in the early childhood field.

The most important strength of caregivers in the early childhood field is the education received by the practitioners in both theory and process-oriented learning. Results of international research on child care indicate that the education of the child care providers is directly related to increased social, cognitive, and emotional growth of children.

Early Childhood Professionals will be prepared to practice professional, ethical, and high-quality care giving strategies within diverse settings, caring for children from infancy through school-age years. Students will be qualified to enter the early childhood field as well as inspired to continue lifelong learning with the opportunity to fulfill a baccalaureate degree through our 2+2 articulations.

Early Childhood Education is an online program. The courses are ideal for practitioners who are beginning their careers or already care for children. They will increase their effectiveness and competence through curriculum, guidance, care giving and teaching skills, professional development, and ethical practice. Students will be directly evaluated on these skills during their practicum experiences throughout the program.

The development of a professional portfolio will be a component of the Early Childhood Education program for students to demonstrate competence, based on standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The completed portfolio will be presented in the culminating course at the completion of the program.

Major Offerings


Major Title (Degree) Campus(es) Credits
Early Childhood Development (CERT) Online 18 cr
Early Childhood Education (AAS) Online 60 cr
Early Childhood Education (AS) Online 60 cr

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Utilize their understanding of developmentally appropriate practice respective to the characteristics and needs of young children.
  2. Understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of families and communities.
  3. Develop partnerships with families, community, and educational professionals as well as additional service providers
  4. Design and implement outcome-based learning experiences through application of the knowledge in relation to goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
  5. Use systematic, critical, and creative processes to apply ethical and professional decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information for the professional portfolio.

Instructors

  • Rachel Daley has earned her M.A. in Education from Concordia University. After obtaining an A.S. degree at Southeast Technical, Rachel proceeded to SMSU to obtain a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching at Southeast Technical since 2010, her career experiences include family childcare, nanny, director of religious education, childcare trainer, preschool teacher, foster parent, and substitute.

Career Opportunities

  • Nanny
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Child Care Center Teacher
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Nanny Placement Agency Owner
  • Paraprofessional
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Child Advocate

Program Highlights

  • 2+2 Articulated program established for students to continue for a baccalaureate degree
  • Online program offers supportive distance learning environment for new and experienced early childhood educators
  • Combination of child development, professional development, and career application courses
  • Instructors are currently in professional practice in the field
  • Huge national demand for highly trained early childhood educators