Child Care and Education

M State's 24-credit Child Care and Education certificate program offers the introductory skills for a career as an early childhood professional with courses in child development, age-appropriate learning experiences and communicating with parents. The program will benefit students interested in opening their own in-home child care facilities or seeking employment in early education as assistant teachers in Head Start facilities or child care centers.

The Child Care and Education program is taught on M State's Detroit Lakes campus. For program graduates interested in a degree program, all credits earned in the Child Care and Education certificate program transfer into M State's 60-credit Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction and learning opportunities
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • On-campus child care center provides direct care experience

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children
  • Developmentally appropriate guidance strategies
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Care and planning for children with special needs
  • Typical and atypical development in children ages birth through 8

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Child Care and Education Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Susan TenEyck-Stafki
Early Childhood Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Anna Tietz
Early Childhood Instructor
Detroit Lakes
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Preschool teacher regional wage

Preschool teacher regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities in home day cares, child care centers, Head Start programs, and preschool teachers.

Description: Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Preschool Teacher Employment

1,322 Employed in your area

85 Estimated annual job openings

174 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 284 21%
25-34 375 28%
35-44 256 19%
45-54 233 18%
55-64 137 10%
65+ 37 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required courses in Child Care and Education

  • Development/Guidance
  • Introduction to Early Education
  • Integrating Play
  • Imaginative Learning
  • Occupational Experience
  • Parent Professional Relations
  • Foundations in Literacy

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Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:21am