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Majoring in Early Childhood Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective early childhood educator and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 63 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the early childhood education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).
You’ll also have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice. Because we design our early childhood education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career as an early childhood education administrator, early childhood teacher, elementary school teacher (Pre-K through 3 grade), parent educator or early childhood family education educator.
Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for children birth through grade 3. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.