Early Childhood Education - Program Admissions

The Education program accepts applications directly to the program.

If you are not an admitted and registered student at SCTCC, apply to SCTCC with an Education major.

Education Program: Offers a Fall Semester start date AND a Spring Semester start date.

Program Information:

  • Review the Education Program information on the website and the Program Admissions Criteria in the Education Student Handbook (PDF).
  • Attend a Education Program Information Session
  • Students that are accepted into the Education program directly will be advised be a faculty member.  Your Academic Advisor is listed in your E-Services Account by viewing your class schedule. 
  • For students that have not met the Accuplacer scores for the Education protram,the academic advising team from the Mary Stangler Center for Academic Success (CAS) will provide academic advising while completing coursework towards acceptance into the Education majors.  
  • All students in the Education program MUST maintain their First Aid & CPR for Child Care certification which includes:Sudden Infant Death and Shaken Baby Syndrome prior to attending clinicals. The certification is valid for 2 years.
  • Some courses are only offered during Fall semester and others only offered during Spring semester.

Education Academic Program Planners

Distance Learning

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.  The courses for the Bachelor's degree are offered here at SCTCC via ITV and on-line. For more information, visit SMSU's Distance Learning page.

Criminal Background Study:

Any individual who has direct contact with with children at facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed.  Results of the study are to be on file in the Education Program before students begin their clinical experiences.  Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences.  Therefore, the individual may become ineligible to progress in the Education Program.

"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 chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid."

Criminal background studies are performed annually.  For a list of disqualifying crimes or conduct visit the MN Statues Sec. 245C.15 page: https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=245C.15 Questions and appeals should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN  55155-3824.  DHS Background Studies Unit  Phone: (651) 431-6620, Fax: (651) 296-1490.  Web address:  http://mn.gov/dhs/