Get ready to change the lives of young children with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. This new option from St. Kate’s College for Adults — now fully approved by the State of Minnesota's Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board — will enable you to meet requirements for a Minnesota license to teach children ages 0-8 and, if you choose, meet requirements for a Montessori teaching credential.
If you already have a Montessori teaching credential, see our early childhood education bachelor’s and licensure options for Montessori educators.
You’ll prepare to work in public and private schools as an early childhood educator. Growth in early childhood programs in Minnesota and elsewhere means credentialed educators are in demand.
Students completing this program will be eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a credential to teach children from birth to eight years old. This license is a requirement for many early childhood positions in public schools, as well as private schools and other early learning centers. Students choosing to complete additional practicum requirements will also be eligible for an American Montessori Society (AMS) early childhood (ages 2-1/2 to 6) credential, qualifying them to work in a variety of Montessori education settings.
This program combines the convenience of online learning with hands-on experience and close relationships with students and faculty.
You may start in fall, spring or summer. You’ll proceed through a series of fully online courses and complete student teaching requirements at schools in or near your community. Each summer course is offered in a “hybrid” format, combining five weeks of online learning with a one-week, intensive face-to-face learning experience on our St. Paul, Minn. campus.Our program focuses on personal, cultural and institutional transformation. You’ll become a socially aware educator and learn about:
Hands-on learning includes 100 hours of field experience throughout the program. You’ll also complete a final student teaching experience — a full-time immersion in teaching at a school in or near your community.
Students choosing to also meet requirements for the American Montessori Society early childhood credential will complete an additional practicum. This practicum will take place in the classroom of a supervising Montessori teacher, for three hours a day, five days a week for nine consecutive months.
Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.
Scholarship opportunities for Montessori and early childhood educators include:
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The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.
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