Early Childhood Education

Program Description

Two children with instructor

Minneapolis College’s Early Childhood Education program works closely with Minneapolis College’s Education program emphasizing cultural diversity and urban teaching. Working with children and families of all backgrounds, you will learn to create healthy, respectful and challenging learning environments in urban childcare centers, nursery schools, elementary classrooms and after-school programs.


  • Your training will be enriched by resources provided by the many agencies and organizations with which Minneapolis College partners.
  • The program incorporates cultural diversity into all of its courses, emphasizing working with children and families of all kinds in an urban setting.
  • Many students who complete their Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education go on to have successful careers in the field. 
  • The Early Childhood Education program offers online courses so that family childhood providers may obtain their certificate while continuing to work in the field.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

There is great demand for quality trained child care workers and teachers. Further, government sponsored early education programs will provide even more opportunities for people trained to work in a diverse urban environment.

Potential Job Titles

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Para-Educators in Pre-School or Elementary School
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Special Education Para-Educator
  • Teacher Aide

Where You Could Work

 This program prepares you to both organize and lead activities and provide nurturing care for children in urban childcare centers, home child-care provider settings, nursery schools, elementary classrooms, family resource agencies and after-school programs.