Associate to Bachelor Degree Programs in Early Childhood

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The Associate to Bachelor Degree Program in Early Childhood Education is a unique partnership between several Minnesota Technical and Community Colleges and Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU).

You can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree that prepares you to receive licensure to teach in programs for students ages birth through third grade. 

Students in the Associate to Bachelor Degree Program first complete an Associate of Arts or Science degree from an approved Minnesota Technical and Community College. The junior and senior years are completed by enrolling in a specific sequence of upper-division courses offered by SMSU.

Current teachers who would like to add Early Childhood Education to their Minnesota teaching license can click here for more information on that process.

The School of Education requires the following liberal arts courses and grades for licensure degrees.  Students applying for the Early Childhood Education degree will need to have taken these specific courses and achieve these grade levels  ~

  • ENG 151 (Academic Writing) or ENG 251 (Writing in Professions) with a minimum grade of B- or better in one of the classes OR meeting PELSB approved ACT/SAT scores OR passing scores on teh MTLE EAS tests in Reading and Writing.
  • COMM 110 (formerly SPCH 110) Essentials of Speaking and Listening with a B- or better.
  • MATH: Goal 4 MATH class with a MATH prefix with a minimum grade of 'C' or better OR meeting PELSB approved ACT/SAT scores OR passing scores on the MTLE EAS Math test. *MATH 110 is a required prerequisite for MATH 129, which is required for Elementary Education only as of Fall 2018.
  • ED 220 (ELA Methods) with a grade of 'C' or better. This is for all ECE/ELED/SPED/TESL majors. Teacher candidates may be considered for conditional admission to TEP if enrolled in the summer offering of the course. If dropped or not passed, the teacher candidate will need to wait to take methods courses.


Currently SMSU has Associate to Bachelor Degree Programs in Early Childhood Education established with these partners institutions:

  • Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, MN                Alexandria ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN       DCTC ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie MN             Hennepin Tech ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park MN          Hennepin Tech ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College         Mesabi ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Minnesota State Community & Technical College          MSCTC ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College          MnWest ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Pine Technical College – Pine City, MN                         Pine Tech ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Ridgewater College - Hutchinson & Willmar, MN           Ridgewater ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • Southeast Technical College – Red Wing, MN               SE Tech ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College                St. Cloud Tech/CC ECE articulation advising guide - update pending
  • South Central College                                                    South Central ECE articulation advising guide - update pending

COURSE SEQUENCE FOR 2 + 2 ECE OFFERINGS AT SMSU 
 

Extended Learning Handbook (1/10/17 Addendum)

Newsletter 

Additional Notations

Online students will be required to come to campus for informational meetings and culminating coursework projects. These are some of those requirements with additional times to be added as needed:  ED 423 Clinical and all student teaching meetings.

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Distance Learning program must declare and complete ECE as their major. Students wishing to add an additional major along with ECE may do so provided that they complete the ECE major. This will ensure that students who are enrolled in the Early Childhood Distance Learning program and utilize the articulated ECE courses meet Minnesota Department of Education licensure and Board of Teaching requirements as per the articulated agreements.

Last Modified: 6/25/18 3:11 PM