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Unlike many programs, you can begin taking many of the courses in Early Childhood Education prior to admission to the program. Students desiring to enter a program, however, will need a 2.75 grade point average (GPA), to successfully pass a field experience and pass the PPST test. Additional details regarding admissions policies and procedures for application to the professional degree programs may be found in the UND catalog, website, or in the Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Handbook.
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The Early Childhood Education Program Area is composed of faculty teaching in collaboration with students pursuing knowledge and skills in Early Childhood Education. This pursuit takes several forms depending on the interests, backgrounds, and goals of the students. The faculty in the Early Childhood Education Program Area has advanced degrees from a variety of colleges and universities, have taught in the field, and have been administrators of a variety of programs. In addition, faculty work closely with Head Start, public schools, Air Force Child Development Centers, and preschools and one of our faculty spent time at the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy. In other words, the faculty bring education, experience and current knowledge to the field.
Most classes in Early Childhood Education are small, about 20-28 students per class. Students receive as much individual attention and/or help as they need or want. Professors are readily available for conference, helping students arrange their classes, and/or writing recommendations for job opportunities.
The student with an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education has a solid education for working with children ranging in age from 0-8 years old. There are limitless career opportunities, whether you choose the Early Childhood Education major or the combined major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Students with an Early Childhood Education degree can teach in public schools (grades K-3), Head Start, Child Development Centers, and preschools, while the combined majors can teach in the above places, as well as in 4th through 8th grade settings. Students interested in Early Childhood Family Education can teach in those school/community settings in Minnesota as an early childhood teacher.
UND offers a wide variety of financial assistance, including grants, scholarships, loans, work study opportunities, and other financial opportunities. Once enrolled in Early Childhood Education, you are also eligible for scholarships in the program area as well as the College of Education and Human Development.
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