Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

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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 partnership programs that take them inside a variety of early childhood learning programs.
  • Study abroad and student teaching opportunities in China, Chile, Ireland, 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, service 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 with its 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 the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
  • Teaching licensure programs approved by Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).
  • St. Cloud State's School of Education hosts Future Educators and Day of an Educator programs
  • 100% of our Early Childhood Education graduates are employed throughout the state and Central U.S. 
  • Lindgren Child Care Center nationally accredited through AEYC with director Dennis Mergen
  • Induction support for teacher candidates through the first three years of their first teaching position

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 100% of Early Childhood Education graduates employed
  • 1,421 student field-experience placements in the School of Education
  • Multiple Education Abroad programs offered
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Top 3% 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
  • Children's Museum Curator