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.

M 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