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 equivalent) with a B- or better
  • COMM 110 Essentials of Speaking and Listening (or equivalent) with a B- or better
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (or equivalent) with a C or better
  • ED 220 Language Arts

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


Extended Learning Handbook (1/10/17 Addendum)


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: 2/7/18 1:57 PM