This 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree provides comprehensive preparation for students to work in a variety of child care settings. Courses not only establish a strong foundation in such areas as healthy child development and learning, but also focus on such areas as working with children who have special needs or challenging behavior, observing and assessing children’s development, supporting infant and toddler learning in a variety of settings, and providing a developmentally appropriate environment for school-age children. A preschool internship or advanced field experience is included.
This program meets the requirements for assistant teacher/teacher as specified by Minnesota Department of Human Services Rules 9503. Additional work experience may be required for teacher positions in licensed child care centers.