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Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway Associate of Science Degree

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: TPEA

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

This program is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or related field. It also prepares individuals for employment as a Teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, professional relations, and curriculum planning, as well as liberal arts education. Internship opportunities are provided which allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience. All students must meet all reading and writing program entry requirements prior to entering courses beyond the Certificate. Students must have a high school diploma, or GED, and pass a criminal background study. Respect for cultural differences is essential. Good judgment and absolute integrity are also necessary for success in the field of child development.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Child Development AS program may seek further education to earn a degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education, child development and family studies, psychology, or social work, but will also qualify to work at a child care center or preschool program, a family child care home or nanny, as well as a teacher in a Head Start program, a teacher assistant or education assistant in the public schools, Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Child Life Assistant (hospital setting). If students go on for more education, the career opportunities (and pay scale) continue to increase.

The demand for trained child development professionals is increasing as more parents seek quality care and educational programs for their children. Our job placement rate is well over 95% and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment outlook will grow faster than average through 2026.

Program Outcomes

  1. Create appropriate learning environments for each child.
  2. Demonstrate effective collaboration to support families.
  3. Utilize authentic assessment tools and approaches to support young children, families and inform practice.
  4. Apply evidence-based, developmentally effective strategies to positively influence children’s behavior and learning.
  5. Plan and implement developmentally effective curriculum to address developmental and learning outcomes of young children.
  6. Comply with professional standards related to early childhood education.
  7. Teach effectively in a variety of early care and education settings.

Program Faculty

Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

Kelly McKown

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer

Part-time/Full-time Options

Evening, Saturday, and online courses are also available.

Program Requirements

Subtotal: 30 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 7 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    COMM 17XX 3 Credits
  • Goal 3 or Goal 4 3 Credits

    Goal 3: Natural Sciences
    Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 5: History, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences 4 Credits

    ANTH 1710 PSYC 1710 , OR SOCI 1710  (recommended)
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits
  • Goals 1-10 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 13 Credits
    Select a minimum of 13 additional credits

General Education Requirements: 30 Credits

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term.

Total Semester Credits: 15

All students must meet all reading and writing program entry requirements prior to entering courses beyond the Certificate. CDEV 1200 , CDEV 1210 , CDEV 1220 , CDEV 1230 , and CDEV 1250  must be completed before taking CDEV courses.

Second Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Third Semester

  • 3 Credits
  • Goal 1: COMM 17XX  3 Credits
  • Goal 5: History, Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences 4 Credits

  • Goal 3: Natural Science 3 Credits
  • OR

  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 Credits

  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits

Total Semester Credits: 16

Fourth Semester

  • Goals 1-10: Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 13 Credits

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change.This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Arithmetic: Score of 250+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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