Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Early Childhood Education program at the University of Minnesota Crookston emphasizes a developmental approach to teaching and learning, integrating the fields of child development, early childhood education, family relations, and small business management. Graduates are uniquely qualified to be effective teachers of young children (from birth through age 8 or 3rd grade) and/or to manage high-quality early childhood programs.  Students who complete the primary education emphasis in this major will be eligible to apply for a Minnesota Teachers License.

Key Features

Key Features

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  • Many of the courses require laboratory experiences in conjunction with other projects and assignments. 
  • observation roomStudents majoring in Early Childhood Education at UMC benefit from this state-of-the-art Early Childhood facility, which provides them with an opportunity to observe and participate in a teacher-training laboratory at an actual child care facility. The facility was meticulously planned to serve as a model center for early childhood care and education. Under the supervision of UMC's faculty, students gain experience working directly with children in different "lab" settings. Observation, seminar, and resource rooms provide areas for students to prepare lesson plans and to analyze interactions.
  • Children playing outsideThis degree program has four academic core areas of required coursework—education core, early childhood and family core, infant and toddler education core, and preprimary education core—and two areas of emphasis—primary education and program management where you can obtain your Minnesota State Teacher Licensure. These courses and their required clinical teaching experiences will prepare graduates to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children in early childhood settings, to collaborate with families, to effectively manage resources (human, fiscal, physical), and to communicate with the community.
  • Teacher reading book to childGraduates communicate their understanding of the foundations of early childhood education and the effects of societal conditions on children and families, identify and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards in their practice, and engage in reflective practice and professional development as informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.
  • Graduates will learn to comprehend and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities and use communication skills to effectively establish and maintain positive, respectful, collaborative relationships that support, involve, and empower families in their child’s development and learning.
  • Children field tripGraduates articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions, work effectively with others, carry out management tasks associated with planning, organizing, staffing, leading, monitoring and controlling for quality, and engage in reflective practice as they evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others (young children, parents, and other professionals), as a basis for program planning and modification.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view the current Early Childhood Education, BS curriculum, visit our catalog:
View Early Childhood Education, BS curriculum

The  Early Childhood Education major offers two areas of emphasis:

  • Primary Education
  • Program Management

Learn more about UMC's Teacher Education Unit and requirements.

Associated Clubs & Organizations

Associated Clubs & Organizations

Careers

Careers

Child playing on foorCareer opportunities include positions as:

  • Preschool Teachers
  • Head Teachers or Lead Teachers for ECE Programs
  • Kindergarten & Elementary Teachers (through 3rd grade)
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Children playing insideEarly Childhood Care Managers
  • Directors of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Home Start Educators
  • Education Coordinators, Family Coordinators

Student Stories

Student Stories

Samantha Maki '11, B.S. graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Minnesota Crookston, discusses her experience at UMC and some of the options graduates of the program have.

Stacy Flikka '11, majored in early childhood education and business management talks about her experience at the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage for Teacher Education Students

Student Teaching, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 95% of U of M Crookston teacher education graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Student Teaching. They’re a great way to gain real-world experiences, and receive valuable experience teaching and working with children/students in classroom settings of diverse school districts and early childhood education programs.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

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