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The Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education program at Lake Region State College offers the experience and education that is needed to provide quality care and instruction at child-care facilities. Courses within the program have been designed for students of all backgrounds, experiences and ages.
The program is offered online and has flexible course schedules allowing assignments to be completed at home. Students can also take elective courses that may transfer to other elementary education degree programs at four-year educational institutions. The program requires 60 credit hours.
Students within the program will be prepared for positions in nursing schools, Head Start Programs, and Public Education classrooms. Students will learn variety topics such as lesson preparation, principles of human growth, and child behavior. The program also stresses the strengthening of communication skills in order to promote positive relationships with parents, children and other employees. In addition to childcare education, students will take General Education courses in order to obtain a strong educational foundation.
Lake Region State College also provides internships for students within the program. Internships will offer child-care experience at the College Care for Kids center and in other childcare facilities within the local community. Internships offered through the college are a valuable resource that students may use to obtain the mandatory 154-hour childcare internship program requirement.
Graduates of the program may find work within settings such as preschools, Head Start, recreation centers, home childcare, public schools, and various other childcare institutions.
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