Program Overview

The Mayville State University offers an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education which provides opportunities for enrolled students to work with preschool teachers and children. Students will also have an opportunity to work with young children at Mayville State’s on-campus Child Development Center. This center includes child care for children six weeks to six years old, children in the Early Head Start and Head Start program, as well as local elementary students.

Mayville State University prides itself on being the right size for students to receive personal attention from professors and faculty. Small, personalized class settings and advanced technology provided by the college are variables related to success of students within the Early Childhood Education AA program. Students in this program are given opportunities to develop leadership skills, join sports teams, and a large variety of other activities and clubs.

Students earning their AA in Early Childhood Education may directly transfer their credits into Bachelor’s programs for Early Childhood that are also offered at Mayville State. In order to accommodate for the different preferences of students, distance learning for this program is offered. This allows students to have a flexible experience while working towards their degree. This program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation ensures students who complete the program will be high quality professionals in the early childhood education field.

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education AA program are required to have general education courses completed as well as Early Childhood requirements. General education course categories include communications, computer information systems, humanities & social sciences, social science, and mathematics & science. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in general education courses in order to graduate from the program.

Core requirements include topics such as introduction to early childhood education, infants & toddlers, preK methods & materials, art/music & play, special needs, field experience, child development internship, concepts of fitness/wellness, first aid & CPR, as well as other early childhood education related courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    This program is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    School Overview

    Mayville State University is a four-year public school located in Mayville, North Dakota. MSU was established through the state constitution in 1889 and is one of North Dakota’s original colleges. The Mayville Normal School became a "teachers college" in 1925 when it began providing general education and offering four-year degrees. The institution’s present name, Mayville State University, was approved by the legislature in 1987.

    Mayville State University offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. MSU uses small class sizes, which make it easier for students to participate and be heard. Distance learning courses combine the flexibility of online classes with the student-focused instruction of its on-campus programs. Almost fifteen online programs are available at MSU.


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