Child, Adult Care & Education / Para

Education at SCTCC

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

A degree from the Child/Adult Care and Education/Paraprofessional program at SCTCC is a great step to helping people in the community.  

CACE/Para classes prepare graduates for work in many human services positions. Classes focus on human development, behavior management, inclusive learning environment, curriculum planning, and learning strategies.  

Site visits, service learning and two internships help students gain real-world experience in multiple areas of child and adult care, choosing from early childhood studies, special education, infant care, school involvement, and senior centers.  

Before being placed in an Internship, students will be required to complete and submit a MN Department of Human Service (DHS) Background Study form. If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study, or on your ability to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid. 

Skills Acquired

  • Inclusion in learning environments 
  • Curriculum planning 
  • Safety, health, and nutrition 
  • Strategies for learning 
  • Professional and leadership development 
  • Developmental foundations 
3-year Placement Rate
Central MN hourly salary range

Career Choices

  • Early childhood centers 
  • Licensed childcare facilities 
  • Before- and after-school programs 
  • Head Start programs 
  • Facilities for people with disabilities 
  • Group homes 
  • Long-term care facilities 
  • Paraprofessional in the PreK-12 classroom 
  • Para 
  • Daycare teacher 
  • Toddler teacher 
  • Lead teacher 


The AAS and AS degrees serve as a gateway to a 4-year degree from Southwest Minnesota State University to teach birth through third grade. For more information on this, visit SMSU's Distance Learning page. 

Info Sessions

Contact Us

The Child, Adult Care & Education program has a faculty member that will address questions about time in the class, internships, and about faculty in the Program.  If you have questions related to these topics, please contact our Faculty representative:

Connie Logeman, Early Childhood & Adult Education Instructor
Phone: (320) 308-6644
Fax: (320) 308-5960

Office 2-401
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud,  MN 56303

Katherine Kelly-Miles, PT Early Childhood & Adult Education Instructor
(320) 308-5211 

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to spend $1,411 on books, supplies, and materials. 

Program Scholarship

The following scholarships are specifically for CACE students:

  • Delrita Rudnitski memorial
  • Playhouse Child Care Center

Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

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Clubs & Organizations

The CACE/Para Club consists of first and second year CACE/PARA program members that meet to build lifelong personal and professional relationships. 

The group also provides opportunities to build critical leadership skills and boost self-confidence, as well as offers hands-on experiences that will build your resume experience and increase networking contacts. 


SCTCC Student Clubs

Education at SCTCC