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.


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.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Preschool Teachers in the state of Minnesota is $15.57 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 2.3%, a high-growth career.

  • 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.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

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

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 credits
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3 credits

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