Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

As a student in the early childhood education major you'll learn to work with children and families in the classroom and in the field. You will be trained to assess a child's needs, design lesson plans and tutor for success to create the best learning environments for children. Your work will prepare you to respond to the growing demand for early childhood programs with professionally trained directors and staff who nurture children and ready them for school success.

Program Highlights

  • An undergraduate major in Early Childhood Education leads to a Minnesota Teaching Licensure for birth through third-grade classrooms.
  • Students have life changing community experiences through collaboration and partnerships programs that take them inside a variety of early childhood learning programs.
  • Study abroad and student teaching opportunities in China, Chile, Italy and South Africa expand students' multicultural experiences.
  • Our students develop leadership skills in the student chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC), which advocates for children through fundraising projects and volunteering at St. Cloud State's Lindgren Child Care Center, the Salvation Army and Anna Marie's Women's Shelter.
  • The School of Education's rich history of preparing teachers and educators enjoys a well-established reputation locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Select courses are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • Accreditation by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
  • Teaching licensure programs approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching.
  • St. Cloud State's School of Education operates a Feeding our Future program, providing almost 30,000 meals to children in St. Cloud learning sites.
  • Notable alumna: Valeria Silva, '90 (teacher licensing, elective studies) leads Minnesota's second-largest school district.
  • Lindgren Child Care Center Director Debra Carlson selected 2014 National Coalition of Campus Children's Center (NCCCC) Director of the Year.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 96% of Early Childhood Education graduates employed
  • 1,421 student field-experience placements in the School of Education
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Top 1% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Head Teacher
  • Head Start Family Advocate
  • Family Education Teacher
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Children's Programming Specialist
  • K-3 Teacher
  • Child Care Center Owner/Director