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MSU and DCB partner to promote early childhood education

Minot State University and Dakota College at Bottineau are partnering to make teacher education programs more accessible to students. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Oct. 21, stating that once students earn their associate degrees at DCB in early childhood education, they can then transfer to MSU to complete their Bachelor of Science in Education in early childhood

The MOU also states that MSU faculty will travel to DCB once a year to recruit students to take advantage of this

“Leslee (Thorpe, instructor and early childhood and education coordinator) and I plan on going to DCB this semester to visit with students interested in education,” said Erik Kana, Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance chair and assistant professor. “There is a large, well-documented need for quality child care in our community, as well as licensed early childhood education teachers in public schools. Our goal is to initiate the conversation with other teacher education programs at MSU in the hopes of many more

A sequence of courses has been constructed for students who wish to utilize this partnership to efficiently complete their degree.

For questions, contact Kana at or 858-3064.

Published: 10/27/15

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