Early Childhood & Paraprofessional

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks, Online

Program Overview

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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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

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 2203 Observation/Assessment 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
CDEV 2295 Internship 3
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

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