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Early Childhood Education

What it is
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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.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Design activities and environments that support the physical, cognitive, social, and behavioral development of all children and youth including those with exceptionalities.
  2. Recognize pathways into the teaching profession and possess the knowledge and skills for immediate employment in the early childhood education field.
  3. Generate plans for individual and class curriculum and environments based on information from observation and assessment tools.
  4. Summarize strategies to work and communicate with families, colleagues and communities of all cultures and socioeconomic classes to support student success.
  5. Demonstrate ability to follow developmentally appropriate practices in planning safe learning environments that encourage positive playful experiences that support cognitive, creative, and social development for all children.
  6. Analyze within the historical context of early childhood education how current policies and Minnesota State rules and statutes impact students, teachers and schools.