Early Childhood & Paraprofessional

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks, Online

Program Overview

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.

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Individuals completing this program may obtain employment in the following job classifications (see catalog for specifics): Paraprofessional or Assistant Site Supervisor in a school district school-age setting; Assistant Teacher in a licensed child care setting; Teacher in a licensed child care setting; Site Supervisor in a school district school-age child care setting.

Students may choose to specialize in these areas; infant-toddler, preschool, school-age, children with special needs, family child care, nanny or administration. Individuals completing the AS program may obtain employment in one of the following areas as well: Food Program Representative and Child Care Resource and Referral Agent.

Potential Job Titles

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Child Care Teacher
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Nanny
  • School District Paraprofessional
  • Child Life Assistant
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Program Director

Job Outlook & Salary Data


According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for Early Childhood & Paraprofessional in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is 24.6%, a very high growth career.

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Program Courses

View semester schedule by campus: East Grand Forks | Distance Education

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CDEV 1105 Development/Guidance 3
CDEV 1107 Intro to Early Educ 3
CDEV 2200 Integrating Play 3
CDEV 2229 Imaginative Learning 3
CDEV 2236 Occupational Experience 1
CDEV 2238 Special Needs 3
CDEV 2240 Observing & Assessing 2
CDEV 2242 Infant/Toddler Program 3
CDEV 2244 Parent & Professional 3
CDEV 2246 Foundations of Literacy 3
CDEV 2252 Paraprofessional Role 1
CDEV 2290 Internship 2
ANTH 2202 Cultural Anthropology 3
ARTS 1101 Art Appreciation 3
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
ENGL 1112 Composition II 3
HIST 2250 American Minorities 3
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3
PLSC 1103 State/Local Government 3
SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology 3
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
  G5: History/Social Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G5: History/Social Science Electives
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3

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Program Specific Requirements

  1. Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing Division Background Study must be completed upon program entry and annually thereafter. Evidence of approval to provide healthcare must be on file prior to entering CDEV courses.

  2. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  3. Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
    The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
    Reading Comprehension: 78
    Arithmetic: 50

  4. Immunization and health screening data must be submitted on the College's Health Screening Form prior to enrollment in CDEV courses.

  5. Refer to the Early Childhood & Paraprofessional Program Handbook for time limits on transfer of technical and general education credits and for specific program progression policies.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Faculty

  • Peggy Rogers
  • Early Childhood & Paraprofessional Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2622
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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