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Minot State University's Early Childhood Education major blends theory with practical application. Students learn a holistic approach to child development - birth to age 8 - and apply what they learn in the MSU Preschool Center.

Enrollment Services

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education

  • General education requirements: Prepare students to apply to the Teacher Education Program and take Praxis tests
  • Core classes (selected): Infant/toddler development, early childhood education, foundations of reading, math and the young child, arts integration, observation and assessment, leadership and supervision.
  • Professional education sequence: Early childhood education teaching methods and activities, technology in teaching, managing the learning environment, teaching diverse learners.

Admission requirements
Teacher education programs are selective. Admission requirements include:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in general studies and education courses, and cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • References from two former teachers and your department
  • ED 260L or equivalent
  • Passing scores on pre-professional skills tests in reading, writing and math

A complete list of application requirements can be found at

Student teaching

Early childhood education majors are required to complete student teaching. As a student teacher you will be responsible, as much as is appropriate, for the cooperating teacher’s classroom. Our College of Education and Health Sciences is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health science.

Employment outlook
The increased value placed on early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5, means employment of early childhood educators is growing faster than average. Those with bachelor’s degrees have the best job prospects.

Right for you?

  • Early childhood educators typically work with children from birth through grade three.
  • They explain reading, writing, science and other subjects in ways young children can understand.
  • They work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and charitable organizations.

Teacher Education and Kinesiology Department
Our well-qualified instructors are sought after for their scholarly expertise and their contributions to the community. We provide the academic training and field experience you’ll need for a career as early childhood educator.

College of Education and Health Sciences 
The College of Education and Health Sciences is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health sciences. Our programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

More Information
To learn more, visit our Teacher Education and Kinesiology Department web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Leslee Thorpe, Coordinator
Early Childhood Education Program Instructor
Department of Teacher Education and Kinesiology
Phone: 701-858-3153 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3153

Courses Required

Refer to Teacher Education Policies and Procedures ( for details regarding teacher education at Minot State University. These pages explain the admission, retention, and exit requirements of the program.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.