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Early Childhood Education

Learn with Minot State
As an early childhood education major at Minot State University, you’ll benefit from small class sizes that allow you to form quality learning relationships with your professors and classmates while applying your newly acquired skills and knowledge to your work with children in area programs and schools. At Minot State, studying early childhood education will give you the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to impact young lives and shape the next generation.

Is early childhood education right for you?
Early childhood educators typically work with children from birth through grade three and must possess the skills necessary to explain reading, writing, science, and other subjects in ways young children can understand. This degree readies you for the Birth to Grade 3 North Dakota teaching license. You may work in public and private schools.

Learn with Minot State
Minot State’s early childhood education major blends theory with practical application. You will learn a holistic approach to child development — birth to age 8 — through the following coursework:

  • General education requirements: Prepares you to apply to the teacher education program and take Praxis tests
  • Core classes (selected): Infant/toddler development, early childhood education, language and literacy, arts integration, observation and assessment, leadership and supervision, pre-K methods, and kindergarten methods
  • Professional education sequence: Early elementary education teaching methods and activities, technology in teaching, managing the learning environment,and teaching diverse learners

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, preschool teachers earn a median pay of $35,330 per year. 

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your early childhood education degree

Student teaching
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.
Get involved
To enhance your classroom learning, you can belong to Students of North Dakota United (SNDU).
Experienced faculty
Our well-qualified instructors are sought after for their scholarly expertise and contributions to the community. We provide the academic training and field experience you’ll need for a career as an early childhood educator.
Employment outlook
The increased value placed on early childhood education and the growing population of children ages birth to 8 means employment of early childhood educators is growing faster than average. Those with bachelor’s degrees have the best job prospects.

Admission requirements for the BSED in ECE
Teacher education programs are selective. Admission requirements can be found HERE.

Teacher education programs at Minot State University are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). Minot State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All Minot State programs fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of North Dakota. If you are seeking a professional license in a state other than North Dakota, learn more about program disclosures and licensure requirements at

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