Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree

Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree

Career Description

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Science Transfer Pathway (A.S.P.) degree meets current standards for step 9 on the Achieve, MN Center for Professional Development, career lattice. Graduates of this program are prepared to work in an independent/lead role at childcare centers, Head Start programs, school districts, preschools, family childcare and after school programs while laying the foundation for all additional early childhood career and degree pathways. MN state licensing Rule 2 and Rule 3 may determine qualifications based on site/employer. Individual program hiring standards may vary according to community and county. The Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway degree is transferable to numerous participating Minnesota State Universities offering Birth through Third grade teacher education and licensure programs throughout the state.

Program Information

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Science Transfer Pathway (A.S.P.) degree prepares individuals to provide healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate learning environments for children ages birth to age 8 in support of healthy communities and families. The program guides students to utilize reflective practice and intentional teaching strategies through readings, online videos and discussions, and lab/field experiences. Students will apply child development theory and developmentally appropriate practice using reflective, diverse, teaching and guidance strategies that address the needs of children, families, and communities. Enjoy hands-on experiences while participating in lab/field experiences embedded within select courses throughout all degree options, access to latest research, and convenience of online learning.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings;
  • Plan, prepare, and implement effective instruction;
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners;
  • Incorporate and demonstrate diverse teaching and guidance strategies appropriate to addressing the needs of children and families;
  • Plan, prepare, and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development;
  • Recognize the importance of play to healthy child development and incorporate play based learning into early childhood environments;
  • Demonstrate the skills of observation and record keeping of child development and learning;
  • Apply professional behavior in daily work with children, families, co-workers and the community;
  • Create and consistently maintain an appropriate, safe, healthy learning environment for children; and
  • Recognize ethical, legal and professional responsibilities.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.


The Early Childhood Education program requires students to pass a Minnesota background check to participate in all of the field experiences and internships. In addition, CLC is a member of E-LECT (e-learning for early childhood teachers), which offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) and associate of science pathway (A.S.P.) degree online. Talk with an advisor for more details.

Transfer Opportunities

The Early Childhood Education Associate of Science Transfer Pathway is transferable to numerous participating Minnesota State Universities offering Birth through Third grade teacher education and licensure programs throughout the state.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are prepared to work as a teacher in child care centers, Head Start programs, paraprofessionals, preschools, family childcare and after school programs. It also prepares for work as a Food Program Monitor, RBPD (Relationship-based Professional Development) Specialist, Home Visitor, and Achieve Trainer I.

Career Titles

This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers, including the following: Early Head Start Teacher, Food Program Monitor, RBPD (Relationship-based Professional Development) Specialist, Home Visitor, Achieve Trainer I, Public School Paraprofessional or Teacher’s Aide, School Age Childcare Provider.

Employment Statistics

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Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester (16 credits)
CDEV 1102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 3 cr
CDEV 1104 Child Growth and Development, 3 cr
CDEV 1106 Child Health, Wellness, Safety, and Nutrition, 3 cr
ENGL 1410 Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr OR ENGL 1420 Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
Goal 6 or Goal 8 course, 3 cr

Spring Semester (15-16 credits)
CDEV 1112  Child Behavior and Guidance, 3 cr
CDEV 2202  Introduction to Special Education, 3 cr
COMM 1430 Public Speaking (Goal 1,2) OR COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7) OR COMM 2422* Honors Intercultural Comm (Goals 1,7), 3 cr
MATH 1442 Mathematical Reasoning (Goal 4) OR  MATH 1470 College Algebra (Goal 4), 3 cr
PSYC 1423 Positive Psychology (Goals 5,9), 3 cr OR PSYC 2421 General Psychology (Goals 2,5), 4 cr OR PSYC 2423 Honors General Psychology (Goals 2,5), 4 cr OR PSYC 2435* Educational Psychology (Goals 5,7), 4 cr

Second Year – Fall Semester (15-16 credits)
CDEV 1114  Diverse Children and Family Relations, 3 cr
CDEV 2104* Observation and Assessment, 3 cr
CDEV 2108* Introduction to Language and Literacy, 3 cr
SOCL 1401 Introduction to Sociology (Goals 2,5), 3 cr OR SOCL 1403 Honors Introduction to Sociology (Goals 5,8), 3 cr OR SOCL 1472 Sociology of the Family, 3 cr OR SOCL 2481 Race, Ethnicity, and Oppression, 3 cr
Goal Area 3 (Science Lab), 3-4 cr 

Spring Semester (13-14 credits)
CDEV 2106* Creative Activities and the Learning Environment, 3 cr
CDEV 2210* Internship, 3 cr
ENGL 1411 Composition II (Goal 1) or ENGL 1421 Honors Composition II (Goals 1,9), 4 cr
Goal 6, Goal 7 or Goal 8 (if not met able), 3 cr
Additional MnTC course (if needed), 1 cr


Program Instructors

Photo First Name Last Name Position Department Phone Email Alt. Phone: URL wdt_ID
Aubrey Beadell Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8014 aubrey.beadell@clcmn.edu 1
Nick O'Reilly Occupational Skills Program College Lab Assistant OccupationalSkills 218-855-8077 Nicholas.oreilly@clcmn.edu 2
Kevin Lomax College Lab Assistant Automotive Faculty 218-855-8000 KLomax@clcmn.edu 3
Mallori Sheik Director of Accessibility Services Accessibility 218-855-8175 mallori.sheik@clcmn.edu 4
Jody Flynn Accessibility Services Assistant Accessibility 218-855-8056 jody.flynn@clcmn.edu 5
Missy Tureson Box Office Assistant Theatre 218-855-8199 mtureson@clcmn.edu 6
Deana Bobzien Instructor Faculty Mathematics Supportive Services 218-855-8339 deana.bobzien@clcmn.edu 7
Brianna Rajkowski Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8228 brianna.rajkowski@clcmn.edu 8
Cynthia Dionysius AD Nursing Faculty NursingASDegree 218-855-8133 cindy.dionysius@clcmn.edu 9
Tajia Anderson PSEO Specialist Admissions - CollegeCreditInHighSchool- PSEO 218-855-8079 tajia.anderson@clcmn.edu 10
Tracy Tschida Instructor Faculty Psychology 2188-855-8328 tracy.tschida@clcmn.edu 11
Mike Fitcher Adjunct Instructor MachineTool 218-855-8000 michael.fitcher@clcmn.edu 12
Brent Balmer Videography CLA Videography 218-855-8727 brent.balmer@clcmn.edu 13
David Gray instructor HistoryTransferPathway - History 218-855-8276 david.gray@clcmn.edu 14
Jim Nagy Adjunct Instructor GraphicDesign 218-855-8157 james.nagy@clcmn.edu 15
Brandon Schneider Instructor HeavyEquipment 218-894-5179 brandon.schneider@clcmn.edu 16
Jim Kocherer Instructor FarmBusinessManagement 763-218-7030 jim.kocherer@clcmn.edu https://dynamicforms.ngwebsolutions.com/ShowForm.aspx?RequestedDynamicFormTemplate=0938e712-0d6d-4332-aba3-158670c49513 17
Natalia DePauw Director of Dual Enrollment Advising - PSEO - CollegeCreditInHighSchool 218-855-8263 natalia.depauw@clcmn.edu 18
Teresa Schmitz Assistant Director of HR Human Resources 218-855-8050 teresa.schmitz@clcmn.edu 19
Amy Disterhaupt Admissions Specialist Admissions 218-855-8250 amy.disterhaupt@clcmn.edu 20
Nick Heisserer Instructor BusinessInstructor - BusinessTransfer 218-855-8089 nick.heisserer@clcmn.edu https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CentralLakesCollege6@MinnState.edu/bookings/ 21
Matthew Krueger Environmental Health and Safety Officer Maintenance 218-855-8115 matthew.krueger@clcmn.edu 22
Mark Lindquist Instructor Music 218-855-8236 mark.lindquist@clcmn.edu 23
Joy Larson Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Security 218-855-8143 joy.larson@clcmn.edu 24
Jeremy Goddard Bookstore/Print Shop Bookstore Supportive Services 218-855-8146 Jeremy.Goddard@clcmn.edu 25
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