Degree Plan 

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The Early Childhood Program prepares individuals to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in a variety of early childhood settings, including infant toddler programs, preschool programs, preschools and childcare centers, family childcare homes, Head Start and Early Head Start.
Coursework includes theory and foundations of child growth and development; child health, safety, and nutrition; child guidance; curriculum planning; administration of ECE programs; observations and assessment; working with parents and families; and understanding children with challenging conditions. Ojibwe culture, values and language are integrated throughout the curriculum. 


As an Early Childhood Program student, you should:

  • Enjoy and respect children
  • Exhibit a caring attitude
  • Use good judgment
  • Be dependable
  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate awareness of diverse cultures


Students who complete the Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and implement appropriate curriculum for young children
  • Provide safe and healthy environments for young children.
  • Provide an early childhood program that will emphasize awareness of diverse cultures.


The demand for Early Childhood professionals continues to increase. The typical careers that are available after graduation include:

  • Child care teacher
  • Child care assistant teacher
  • Family childcare provider
  • Infant or toddler caregiver
  • Head Start educator
  • School teacher aide