Children are our future. As an early childhood educator, you can help build a better future for them and all of us!
Being an early childhood educator is more than a job -- it's a calling. But it takes more than love of children for a person to be an effective early childhood educator. Working with very young children is a complex job that requires competency and skill.
Early childhood teachers create a healthy, supportive and safe learning environment where children can flourish. Research has shown that quality education and training of childcare professionals is directly related to the increased social, cognitive, and emotional growth of children.
With a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Minnesota State College Southeast, you will be prepared to practice professional, ethical, and high-quality caregiving strategies within a variety of early childhood education settings.
This 100% online program offers a supportive distance learning environment for new and experienced early childhood educators. And because coursework can be completed online with local field experiences, the program is an ideal option for practitioners who are beginning their careers or already caring for children.
The courses require field experience in a licensed early childhood setting, working with children between the ages of 0-8. Students are directly evaluated during their field experiences throughout the program.
The development of a professional portfolio is a component of the Early Childhood Education program for students to demonstrate competence, based on standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The completed portfolio will be presented at the completion of the associate degree.
Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to enter the field of early childhood education and advance in your profession. Having an associate degree will prepare you to continue onward in your own lifelong learning by pursuing further education.
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