As part of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 – 10), South Central College (SCC) is officially announcing a name change to one of its programs. SCC’s Early Childhood Education program, formerly known as “Child Development Careers,” prepares students to work with children ages birth to eight years old in a variety of settings.  The new program name of “Early Childhood Education” better reflects the focus of the program.

Upon graduation from SCC’s Early Childhood Education program with a two-year associate of applied science degree, individuals can teach early childhood in a variety of settings, including public and private childcare facilities.

The college also offers a two-year associate of science degree that enables graduates to transfer their credits toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education at Southwest Minnesota State University or the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.  Upon graduating from one of these four-year institutions, they will be qualified to teach birth – 3rd grade in a school.  This option makes it possible for students to start their Bachelor’s degree in the nurturing setting of a comprehensive community college close to home, before transferring to a four-year institution.

Through these options, South Central College is helping meet the tremendous need for early childhood teachers in our region, with school districts in Minnesota experiencing a shortage of licensed teachers, particularly in early childhood and early childhood special education.

The college offers the Early Childhood Education program on both its Faribault and North Mankato campuses.  Students can also take the majority of their courses online, which provides them with greater flexibility.