Early Childhood Education 

NEW - Online 16-Credit Certificate​

About the Program​

The Early Childhood Education program at Ridgewater College prepares students to provide developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This Associate of Science degree (AS) can lead to a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) from Southwest Minnesota State University. The Early Childhood Education AS degree provides students with the skills to work in educational settings by studying methods and designing materials needed in the learning process. The BS degree leads to a Minnesota Early Childhood license (prekindergarten through grade three).

Students in this major take courses in education and other academic areas such as psychology and sociology. Most of the education classes offered include a related experience in an early childhood program. Some of the courses will use a blended online or web-based format.

Graduates will gain skills in:​

  • Child development
  • Language activities
  • Activity ideas
  • Behavior intervention
  • Health in early childhood
  • Foundations of early childhood
  • Practices and assessments
  • Methods and curriculum development
  • Special education​​ 

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.