Child, Adult Care & Education / Para

The CACE Program prepares students for employment in a variety of human service positions by providing courses in human development, managing behavior, inclusive learning environments, planning curriculum, implementing strategies for learning, and practical experience that is gained through internships and classroom activities.

The completion of credit courses offers several options for fulfilling training and in-service requirements for assistant teachers, teachers, directors, paraprofessionals, family child care providers, and other interested individuals.  After a student completes their AAS or AS degree they have the option to continue their education at Southwest Minnesota State University to obtain a 4 year degree in teaching birth thru 3rd grade.  For more information, visit SMSU's Distance Learning page.  The program courses are in agreement with the Department of Human Services (DHS) licensing guidelines for child care providers.

Career opportunities for the Child and Adult Care and Education / Para graduates may be found in early childhood centers, licensed family child care, before and after school programs, Head Start programs, facilities for people with disabilities, group homes, long-term care facilities and for students who are interested in starting their own business as child care providers.

Career opportunities for Paraprofessional Education graduates may be found in Special Education, Title 1, Bilingual Programs, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), elementary and secondary schools, group homes and residential treatment centers.


Additional Program Information is available from this webpage on the left-hand side including the Admissions Process for the programs, Program Faculty Information, and other important program related information.  Please review all of the program information on the Program Admissions link.  Use the CACE Checklists to understand Prerequisites and Co-Requisites.  This is a professional education program and you will be expected to display personal responsibility and understanding of the requirements of the program and profession.  If you still have additional questions, please attend a program information session and learn what types of jobs this education can lead towards.

Program Information Session

To learn more about the Child, Adult Care & Education program, sign up for an Information Session. These sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • Talk face-to-face with program faculty.
  • Tour state-of-the-art labs, where hands on learning comes to life.
  • Get your questions answered.

Review program web pages for more information.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303