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Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education

at Northland Community and Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Partially online

About this Program

This program includes coursework in the areas of child guidance, birth through adolescent development, children with special needs, as well as exploring the role of the paraprofessional and sign language. Graduates will independently provide a healthy, safe, and developmentally appropriate learning environment that supports children and families.

Child development courses in combination with general education courses comprise the Early Childhood & Paraprofessional degree program. The Early Childhood Program meets the educational requirements for Assistant Teacher and Paraprofessional in an educational setting. The program also allows graduates to work as Assistant Teacher and Teacher in a child care center setting, Family Child Care Provider, and Group Family Child Care Provider as listed in Minnesota Department of Human Services Rules Number 2 and 3. Work experience, in addition to a field experience course is also required by Rule 3 for positions in licensed child care facilities.

Individuals entering the program must complete background checks required by the Minnesota and North Dakota Board of Human Services licensing divisions. Individuals with any prior record of child maltreatment or crime of violence may participate in the program, but the student will not be allowed to participate in lab or field experience coursework.

Program Locations

  • Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks 56721

Labor Market Information

  • Teacher Assistants

  • Median wage: $30,105/year-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Northland Community and Technical College
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Highway 1 E Thief River Falls, MN 56701 Toll-Free: (800) 959-6282 Local: (218) 683-8800 TTY: (800) 627-3529