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Early childhood education is a rewarding career for individuals who are passionate about helping children learn and grow.  If you want to work with pre-school and early elementary school children, this program will prepare you to work in a variety of early childhood and educational settings. With a focused foundation of early childhood theory and practice, you'll learn the developmental milestones and maturity markers that occur as a child grows which will help you lead children in their influential years. 

Areas of employment:

  • Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare 
  • Independent Daycare Provider
  • Paraprofessional

Campuses:  Faribault and North Mankato 

Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring Semesters

For more information: (507) 389-7200 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


shawna cropped“Achieving my dreams was only a step away after attending South Central College and transferring all of my credits toward a double major in teaching at Southwest Minnesota State University.  Successfully, with the dedication and support of experienced professionals, I was able to develop an in-depth understanding of content and pedagogy in early childhood education and special education teaching...I would recommend to those seeking a career path in the field of education to look closely at the opportunities, choices and value one institution could provide to another to help you achieve your goals."

Shawna Malloy
South Central College and Southwest Minnesota State University



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