Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education

M State's Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education degree program prepares you for career opportunities in the field of early childhood education.



WDS iconM State's AS degree in Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education prepares students to work as highly skilled early childhood professionals who are qualified for numerous career opportunities within the field.

The 60-credit program includes a range of coursework that focuses on children from birth through age 8, along with behavior guidance, children with special needs and the development of curriculum for infant/toddler, preschool and primary school-age children.

Observations and internships are a valuable part of M State's program, which is offered on the Detroit Lakes campus. These hands-on learning experiences are offered at many off-site early childhood programs such as Head Start, licensed family child care, preschools, infant/toddler care and school-age care. There are also opportunities to complete some lab work in our on-campus child care facility.

An articulation agreement with Southwest Minnesota State University's birth-3rd grade teaching licensure program allows students in M State's Early Childhood program to transfer their first two years into a four-year degree program.

M State's program meets educational requirements for assistant teacher and paraprofessional in an educational setting, and for assistant teacher and teacher in a child care setting or in a family or group child care setting.

Here's what you'll learn

  • Developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children
  • Professional behavior that meets the child care professional code of ethics
  • Developmentally appropriate guidance strategies
  • Nutrition requirements for child care programs
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Care and planning for children with special needs
  • Typical and atypical development in children ages birth through 8
  • Physical, emotional and safety issues related to child care