60 Credits    AS 3527/2521,  Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Degree Description

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Transfer Pathway associate degrees (AS) are accepted at any Minnesota State university that offers a designated early childhood bachelor’s degree. The university guarantees that students transfer into the designated bachelor’s program with junior status and may complete the bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Explore the physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and creative development of young children from birth through age eight
  2. Demonstrate strategies for developing an appropriate learning environment
  3. Apply guidance and management techniques to accommodate the developmental characteristics of young children birth through age eight
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use assessment results to identify needs, learning styles and to plan appropriate programs, environments, learning experiences in order to successfully interact with children, families and the community 
  5. Understand how a child's development influences learning and demonstrate how to plan and implement age and developmentally appropriate learning experiences
  6. Identify and implement techniques of collaboration with parents, colleagues, children and community services

Campuses: Faribault and North Mankato

Estimate for 60 credit program

Tuition is paid on a semester by semester basis and will vary depending on the courses and total credits you take.

Tuition and Fees: $11,925
Tools and Equipment: $ n/a
Total Estimated Cost: $11,925 *

Compare the costs and you'll see that tuition at South Central College is much more affordable than other institutions.

*Based on 2021-22 tuition rates. Does not include extra expenses for online delivery, course fees, or course differental. Books, transportation, and living expenses also not included.

The course requirements listed below are specific to the current school year (noted above). If you need to view the program from previous years view our Catalog Archive.

Required Technical Courses (30 Credits)

Complete the following courses:

Required Arts & Sciences (30 Credits)

The following course is required:

ENGL100 Composition   (4 Credits)           

Composition is concerned with developing, through theory and practice, the ability to communicate in written form for personal and professional reasons. Students will develop writing skills, analytic skills, and critical thinking skills. Students will complete readings, papers, grammar exercises, and in-class activities. Students will complete research and write a research paper. Students will learn methods of writing informatively and persuasively. (Prerequisites: Must have a Next-Generation Accuplacer Reading score of 250 or higher, or Classic Accuplacer Reading score of 78 or higher, or completion of either READ 0090 or EAP 0090 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher AND completion of either ENGL 0090 or EAP 0095 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, or ACT Reading score of 21 or higher or MCA Reading score of 1047 or higher.) (MnTC 1: Communication)

To complete the AS degree, students must complete 30 MnTC credits from 6 of the 10 MnTC Goal areas.

Courses should be taken with consultation from faculty or advisor.

Required MnTC Goal Area 1 – Oral Communication (1 Course)

Choose one COMM course.  COMM 110 is recommended.

Required MnTC Goal Area 3 – Natural Sciences Course with Lab (1 Course)

Choose one BIOL course. BIOL 100 is recommended.        

Required MnTC Goal Area 4 – Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (1 Course)  

Choose one MATH course. MATH115 is recommended    

Required MnTC Goal Area 5 – History and Social Sciences (2 Courses) 

Choose one Social/Behavioral Science and one Psychology course

Required MnTC Goal Area 6 – Humanities and Fine Arts or MnTC Goal Area 8 – Global Perspective (1 Course)

Choose one course from MNTC Goal Area 6 or 8

Required MnTC Goal Area 7 – Human Diversity (1 Course)

Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 7

Additional Arts and Sciences Courses (Total of 30 MnTC credits required for the degree)

Select an additional 3 credits to fulfill the 60 credits required for graduation.  


PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.