Applied Studies: Early Childhood Education


Students enrolled in this program will earn a BA/BS in Applied Studies: Early Childhood Education degree from North Central University. Plus, students will simultaneously earn an AAS from Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

The Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to organize and lead activities and provide nurturing care for children, particularly in urban childcare centers, nursery schools, elementary classrooms and afterschool programs.  The program incorporates cultural diversity into all of its courses, emphasizing working with children and families of all kinds in an urban setting.  Your coursework will cover child development, community, family and parent relationships, oral and written communication, safety, health and nutrition, and guidance.  You will also study various teaching and learning methods and be trained to observe, document, and assess children, and to convey a sense of professionalism and ethical behavior in a classroom setting.  By the time you complete the program you will know how to promote and communicate knowledge of child development; create healthy, respectful and challenging learning environments; create and maintain respectful and supportive relationships with families; and design and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate activities and curriculum. 

Where You Could Work

  • Childcare Centers
  • Family Support Agencies
  • Public Schools
  • Afterschool Programs, or Head Start
  • Nursery Schools or Preschools
  • Childcare Resource Agencies
  • Child Life Programs in Hospitals
  • Private Households

Potential Job Titles

  • Child Care Workers
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Para-Educator in Preschool or Elementary School
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Special Education Para-Educator
  • Teacher Aide

Program Courses for Current Students

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