M State's 24-credit Child Care and Education certificate program offers the introductory skills for a career as an early childhood professional with courses in child development, age-appropriate learning experiences and communicating with parents. The program will benefit students interested in opening their own in-home child care facilities or seeking employment in early education as assistant teachers in Head Start facilities or child care centers.
The Child Care and Education program is taught on M State's Detroit Lakes and Moorhead campuses. For program graduates interested in a degree program, all credits earned in the Child Care and Education certificate program transfer into M State's 60-credit Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education.
This program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
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Child Care and Education Certificate
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Moorhead
This certificate program includes coursework in child development (birth through age 8), behavior guidance, development of environments and curriculum for young children and relationships with families, as well as on-site experiences in a variety of programs.
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Graduates will find career opportunities in home day cares, child care centers, Head Start programs, and preschool teachers.
Description: Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.
Typical education level:Vocational Certificate
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Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:21am