Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education major at Minnesota State University Moorhead is designed to prepare you to teach in diverse and inclusive programs, interacting with children from infancy to 8 years old. We believe the best way to learn and grow is to be immersed within classrooms in the community, so you’re able to experience the joy of teaching long before graduating. You’ll obtain firsthand knowledge and develop skills by observing, assisting and leading in local classrooms and have the opportunity to experience an early education environment right here on campus.
The Early Education Center located on MSUM’s campus is a great way to experience an early education environment just steps away from your classrooms. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with children ages 16 months to 5 years old as they explore and learn about themselves and participate in activities designed to promote their emotional, social and physical growth.
Two hundred hours of in-classroom practicum experience allow you to gather ample knowledge so you’ll be prepared to interact with children from their infancy up to third grade. You’ll spend time observing and teaching in local classrooms during nearly two-thirds of your semesters at MSUM.
Inclusivity of all students—with a special focus on diverse learners—is highly emphasized in our program, so you’ll be able to interact with all students efficiently and effectively.
Collaboration with parents and other professional agencies that serve families with young children is highlighted in the Early Childhood Education major.
International learning and service opportunities, including student teaching abroad, are available to teacher candidates.
The education learning community gives you the opportunity to live and learn with other first-year education majors.
Education Student Success Stories
Meet Kristen Carlson, MSUM’s new assistant professor of curriculum and instruction for the department of leadership and learning. She’ll teach in the masters of curriculum instruction program and the educational leadership doctoral program.
Meet MSUM’s new assistant professor, Jim Johnson. He works in the Department of Leadership & Learning to help prepare students who are pursuing careers in educational leadership.
Filmmaker Jason Spencer won television’s highest honor for a special on race and racism that he directed for PBS KIDS. The special modeled for kids and their parents how to talk about a challenging and difficult subject.
MSU Moorhead is committed to providing you exceptional field experience beginning at the start of your education and continuing until graduation.