Early Childhood And Paraprofessional Education

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Early Childhood and Paraprofessional 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 AS 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, and the on-campus child care facility provides excellent opportunities for hands-on learning.

The 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 experiencesfor children
  • Professional behavior that meets the child care professional code of ethics
  • Developmentally appropriate guidance strategies
  • utrition 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


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
  • Students who earn the Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education AS degree have the options of transferring seamlessly to the online the bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education at Southwestern Minnesota State University


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Early Childhood & Paraprofessional Education Associate of Science (AS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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M State's Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education program has an articulation agreement with Southwest Minnesota State University.

Graduates from M State's program can transfer into SMSU's bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.


Meet the faculty

Susan TenEyck-Stafki

Early Childhood Faculty
Detroit Lakes
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Anna Tietz

Early Childhood Faculty
Detroit Lakes
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Required Child Development courses

  • Development/Guidance
  • Introduction to Early Education
  • Integrating Play
  • Imaginative Learning
  • Occupational Experience
  • Integrating Children with Special Needs
  • Observing and Assessing
  • Infant/Toddler Relations
  • Foundations in Literacy
  • Internship

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:37am