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Early Childhood Studies Major BAS

This major is designed primarily for students transferring from a MnSCU institution with a child development diploma or AA, AS, or AAS degree programs who are seeking baccalaureate degrees in early childhood studies. Many students will be seeking career enhancements in the child development field. Courses are also open to non-majors.

It is expected that all students receiving a BAS degree with a major in early childhood studies will develop knowledge and skills at the upper-division level related to:

  • child development and learning;
  • early childhood curriculum development and implementation;
  • family and community relationships;
  • assessment and evaluation of young children;
  • professional and ethical issues in early childhood; and
  • application of knowledge and skills within the context of an urban early childhood setting.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Early Childhood Studies major, students must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Studies Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.

Requirements (43 credits)

All students are expected to have at least 120 credits to graduate with a degree in early childhood studies. In addition to the major requirements, students must complete the university's general education and liberal studies requirements.


Required Courses

*PSYC 356 is a prerequisite for EDU 321.

Guided Electives (3 credits minimum)

Early Childhood Studies Theory Seminars

Metropolitan State is pleased to collaborate with the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) by offering theory seminars for a total of 16 university credits leading to the MnAEYC's Director's Credential. The Director's Credential program is a voluntary opportunity for the career advancement and professional development of early childhood center directors and other administrators. Four competence-based theory seminars are offered for individuals who have had experience as an early childhood center director or administrator.