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Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education

at Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate of Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIOA Certified

About this Program

This program includes coursework in child development birth through eight, behavior guidance, children with special needs, development of environments and curriculum for infant/toddler, preschool, and primary school age children, the role of the paraprofessional, and sign language as well as on-site experiences in a variety of programs. Graduates will independently provide a healthy, safe, and developmentally appropriate learning environment in support of families. Child development courses in combination with General Education courses comprise the 64-credit degree program for students. The program meets the educational requirements for Assistant Teacher and Paraprofessional in an educational setting as well as Assistant Teacher and Teacher in a Child Care setting and/or Family Child Care Provider, Group Family Child Care Provider (based on program) as listed in Minnesota Department of Human Services Rules Number 9502 and 9503. Work experience, in addition to educational coursework, is required by Rule 3 for teacher positions in licensed child care facilities. Individuals entering the program must complete a background check required by the Minnesota Department of Human Services licensing division. Individuals with any prior record of child maltreatment or crime of violence may participate in the program, but the student will not be allowed to participate in lab or field experience coursework.

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes 56501
  • White Earth Reservation 56591
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
1414 College Way Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Toll-Free: (877) 450-3322 Local: (877) 450-3322 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email:

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