Child Care and Education

At M State, you can learn the skills to begin your career as an early childhood professional in our Child Care and Education certificate program.
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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 and Moorhead campuses. 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 of Science degree in Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education.

Here is 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