AAS — Child Care & Education
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.
Child care is the third largest industry in Minnesota, and the opportunities are vast across the nation as well. Graduates may choose to specialize in these areas: infant-toddler, preschool, school-age, children with special needs, family child care, nanny or administration. You will also qualify to work as a paraeducator in a school setting.
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A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.
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