Program Overview

Northland Community and Technical College offers an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Training for students who wish to be educators at the early childhood level. Students will learn about child guidance and education from birth to adolescence, when children are at their critical development years. In addition, students will learn to work with children with special needs and work as a paraprofessional in child assistance with issues such as learning sign language. Throughout the program, students should be taught the best practices for educating children and how to properly prepare them for the tasks which they will be a part of as they enter into school.

Students will take part in a curriculum that focuses on the educational, psychological, and social wellbeing and development of children. The curriculum consists of 60 credit hours of classes which include introduction to early education, infant and toddler programs, and foundations of literacy.   

Students who complete this degree have the potential to exhibit knowledge of child development and learning and study effective programs and practices in the early childhood field, to critically examine issues, trends, and current research in the early childhood field, and to understand foundational theories of research and practice related to the early childhood field.

Graduates will also be expected to reflect on their own values, beliefs, and biases and use their understanding to improve their work with children, families, and organizations, and to broaden their knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion and learn to address inequities and advocate for children and families.

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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

    School Overview

    Founded in 1949, Northland Community and Technical College has a main campus located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and a secondary campus located in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, along with the Aerospace Campus and Roseau Satellite Site. Northland is a two-year, public institution that works in partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to establish and promote transfer agreements into four-year programs.

    Northland offers associate's degrees and certificates, many of which can be earned completely online through the Online Learning department.

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