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Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway

Award: Associate of Science
Total Credits for Award: 60.00

Admission Requirements:

Students are accepted into this program for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Early Childhood Education courses in these programs recommend achievement of the following minimum placements:

MnTC Goal Area courses in this program may have different required placements and prerequisites, please see individual course requirements.

The Early Childhood Education Program also Requires:

  • Grades of “C” (2.0) or above in all ECED courses.
  • Passing of a criminal background check during the first class in ECED and yearly thereafter in order to be able to access programs in the community for assignments in course work as well as prior to a placement in practicum.
    • The college cannot guarantee a placement in practicum or for coursework observations for students who do not have a clear criminal background check.
  • For more information about the background study process and disqualifying crimes, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services at 651-296-3802

Description:

The Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway A.S. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities*. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Students planning to transfer outside of the Minnesota State System are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

The Minneapolis College Early Childhood Education program emphasizes excellence in attaining the skills required to work with diverse families and children. You will learn to create healthy, respectful and challenging environments in settings such as urban childcare centers, Head Start, family childcare, elementary classrooms and afterschool programs.

*This transfer pathway in Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education will transfer to the following majors:

  • Metropolitan State University: Urban Early Childhood Education, BS
  • Southwest Minnesota State University: Early Childhood Education, BS
  • St. Cloud State University: Early Childhood Education, BS
  • Winona State University: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3), BT



COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FIRST SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 ECED 1300

Guiding Children's Behavior

 3.00

 ECED 1200

 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

 3.00

 ECED 1215

 Growth and Development for Educators

 3.00

 ECED 1220

 Child Health, Safety & Nutrition

 3.00

 ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

 College Composition

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: SECOND SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 Communication Studies

  Choose any CMST course that meets MnTC Goal Area 1 Recommended CMST 1005 Public Speaking

 3.00

 ECED 1505

 Working with Diverse Families and Children

 3.00

 ECED 1640

 Intro to Language and Literacy

 3.00

 ECED 1575

Observation and Assessment

 3.00

 PSYC 1110

 Or

 PSYC 2350

 General Psychology

 Or

 Introduction to Educational Psychology

 4.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 16.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: THIRD SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 ECED 1925

Children with Differing Abilities

 3.00

*MnTC Goal Area 3

 Choose any 4-credit goal area 3 course

 4.00

 ENGL 1111

 Research and Composition for Change

 3.00

 MnTC Goal Area 6

 Choose any course from the Fine or Performing Arts: (ARTS, MUSC, or THTR) ARTS 1000 or ARTS 1110 is recommended

 3.00

 MnTC Goal Area 7

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 7 Course. Recommended - A Human Relations Course

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 16.00





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FOURTH SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 ECED 1600

 Practicum 1

 3.00

 ECED 1644

 Creative Development Experiences 

 3.00

 General Education

 Choose any course from any of the MnTC Goal Areas.  Recommended: INFS 1000

 1.00-2.00

  Mathematics

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 4 MATH course

 3.00-5.00

 Sociology Course

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 5 Sociology course. Recommended: SOCI 1110

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 13.00 - 16.00

General Education Courses (30 Credits):

To complete the Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway A.S. degree, students must successfully complete 30 credits of General Education coursework; students must successfully complete the MnTC general education courses as outlined above.

The Early Childhood Education Program also Requires:

  • Grades of “C” (2.0) or above in all ECED courses.
  • Passing of a criminal background check during the first class in ECED and yearly thereafter in order to be able to access programs in the community for assignments in course work as well as prior to a placement in practicum.
    • The college cannot guarantee a placement in practicum or for coursework observations for students who do not have a clear criminal background check.
  • For more information about the background study process and disqualifying crimes, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services at 651-296-3802.

All students pursuing this award should work closely with their advisor to ensure proper selection of required program courses, if applicable program electives, required Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, and MnTC electives. You are expected to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure courses are taken in an order that will lead to efficient and successful completion of the required coursework.