This program includes coursework in the areas of birth through adolescent development, guidance, special needs, observation and assessment, nutrition, health and safety, professional relationships as well as exploring the role of the paraprofessional. Students learn to create, and plan instruction based on individual and group needs. Graduates will independently provide a healthy, safe, and developmentally appropriate learning environments that support children and families.
Child development courses in combination with general education courses comprise the Early Childhood & Paraprofessional AAS degree program. The courses meet Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for assistant teachers and teachers in licensed child care and preschool settings, before/after-school programs, family child care program provider as well as paraprofessional/aides/assistant teacher requirements in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) in school districts. Additional work experience in addition to field experiences may be required for teacher positions in licensed child care facilities as outlined in Rule 3.
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|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|CDEV 1103||Intro Early Education||3|
|CDEV 1109||Child Growth/Develop||3|
|CDEV 1121||Behavior Guidance||3|
|CDEV 1131||Creative Activities/Env||3|
|CDEV 1141||Hlth Wellness Nutrition||3|
|CDEV 2209||Family/School Relations||3|
|CDEV 2215||Intro Language/Literacy||3|
|CDEV 2235||Intro Special Needs||3|
|CDEV 2242||Infant/Toddler Program||3|
|CDEV 2253||Paraprofessional Role||2|
|HPER 1410||First Aid/CPR||1|
|ENGL 1111||Composition I||3|
|PHIL 1102||Intro to Ethics||3|
|SPCH 1101||Intro to Public Speaking||3|
|G5: History/Social Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below )||3|
|G7: Human Diversity Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below )||3|
|MN Transfer Curriculum Electives||9|
Program Elective Course Options
For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|G5: History/Social Science Electives|
|PSYC 1105||Intro to Psychology||3|
|PSYC 2201||Developmental Psychology||3|
|G7: Human Diversity Electives|
|SOCI 1102||Social Problems in US||3|
|SOCI 2220||Marriage and Family||3|
1. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
2. Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
The college minimum scores for the Next Generation Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
3. Individuals completing the program in Minnesota must complete MN Background Study and fingerprinting (cost approximately $10) as required by Minnesota Department of Human Services. If completing the program outside the state of Minnesota individuals will be required to meet requirements identified for that specific state.
Individuals with disqualifying results will not be allowed to participate in lab or field experience coursework which WILL affect program progression and completion.
4. Refer to the Early Childhood & Paraprofessional Program Handbook for time limits on transfer of technical and general education credits and for specific program progression policies.
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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