Early Childhood Education with Licensure

(Meets requirements for an Early Childhood license in the State of Minnesota pending approval from the State Board of Teaching).

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) major provides individuals with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in ECE along with the possibility for licensure.  As part of the College for Adults, this program is designed for working adults. As such, the majority of courses are held online, with concentrated face to face sessions scheduled over the summer semesters.  This program will develop socially aware, critically informed, and innovative Early Childhood educators who will teach with Montessori theory and Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist (ABAR) teaching strategies at the core.  By offering high-quality resources, utilizing multiple modes of virtual communication, and valuing real-life experiences, this program will engage students in deep and meaningful study.

The defining elements of the ECE program are:

  • Social Justice:  Provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to impact societal change through early childhood education.
  • Montessori Philosophy: Develop ethical and influential leaders informed by the philosophy of Maria Montessori and her vision of peace and justice.
  • Personal Transformation: Guide teacher candidates to a greater understanding of themselves, children, and the world.
  • Innovative Pedagogy: Equip teacher candidates with an individualized, anti-bias and anti-racist teaching approach influenced by Montessori philosophy that honors the whole child.
  • Holistic Teacher Education:  Recognize the demands of teaching and learning, and believe that to be an effective teacher the mind, body, and spirit must be nurtured and supported.
  • Community Engagement:  Commit to serving in, learning from, and collaborating with diverse communities who share a common vision of educational equity.

The ECE major encompasses integrated learning experiences that provide students with multiple opportunities to develop leadership knowledge and skills grounded in ethical and social justice principles informed by a global perspective.  The program infuses all major course content with the components of our ABAR pedagogy, and a strong focus on equity and justice.

Teachers graduating from this program will have the knowledge, confidence, and commitment necessary to be an active member of society and prepare children to effectively participate in a changing and dynamic world. 

ECE is a discipline that involves intellectual, spiritual, and moral commitment.  A key element of our program is the inner spiritual transformation of the adult.  ABAR curriculum combined with Montessori pedagogy brings a new perspective on child development and social order.  This experience will affect students’ understanding of themselves, children, and the world.  Such transformation involves the knowledge and skills necessary to impact societal change.  The educators graduating from this program will be expected to lead from a position of ethical responsibility.

Our students will build their leadership skills through:

  • Engagement with current and respected resources
  • Group discussion
  • Self-reflection
  • Community collaboration
  • Rigorous and meaningful assignments

Our students will lead by:

  • Creating and delivering a high quality ABAR Montessori-infused early childhood education
  • Designing and utilizing a variety of assessment tools
  • Analyzing assessment results to inform practice and support development
  • Integrating renewal opportunities for themselves, their colleagues, and their students
  • Embodying high quality practices in their teaching.
  • Learning  and applying self-reflective practices to examine personal and societal biases, and their impact on educational practice

This major is offered in the College for Adults only.


Required Courses
ECED 2200The Art of Classroom Management and Assessment4
ECED 2300Early Childhood Education Accreditation and Standards1
ECED 2400Effective Practice in Early Childhood Education4
ECED 2500Technology in Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education1
ECED 2600Health, Wellness and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education1
ECED 3280Infant and Toddler Methods and Materials4
ECED 3350Understanding of Diverse Family Experiences and Student Exceptionalities in Early Childhood4
ECED 3560Emergent Literacy in the Content Areas2
ECED 3600Teaching and Learning in the Lower Elementary Classroom3
ECED 4105Early Childhood Practical Life 2
ECED 4155Early Childhood Sensorial2
ECED 4265Creative Expression in Early Childhood2
ECED 4275Early Childhood Science2
ECED 4365Early Childhood Mathematics2
ECED 4375 Early Childhood Education Language2
ECED 4385Early Childhood Social and Cultural Studies2
ECED 4812Early Childhood Student Teaching12
Total Credits50
Prerequisite Courses
ECED 1000Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
ECED 2040WHistorical, Cultural and Social Foundations of Early Childhood Education4
Total Credits8
Required Supporting Courses
FACS 3350Child in the Family4
HHS 4XXXHolistic Health for Educators4
INDI 3400Implementing Critical Literacy in Early Childhood Education4
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology2-4
or PSYC 2026 Lifespan Development: Theory and Methods, Conception/Prenatal Development to Middle Childhood
Total Credits18-20