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Early Education and Care (B.S.)

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The Early Education and Care (EEC) program is an online undergraduate degree provided by seven universities working in collaboration. This program will prepare an educator to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. When students complete the program they will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations. Some of these programs are:

  • Childcare centers and homes
  • Infant/toddler and preschool programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Education and Care major, students will be able to:

  • Use the understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child;
  • value both the importance and complexities of children’s families and communities in order to understand how successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with these systems;
  • use child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child;
  • use the knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child;
  • identify and conduct themselves as a member of the early childhood profession, using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice; and
  • demonstrate, through sequential practicum experiences and clinical practice the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Career opportunities include:

  • Child care provider
  • Preschool teacher
  • Para-professional
  • Head Start or Early Head Start educator
  • Afterschool or Boys & Girls Club teacher

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter

SUGGESTED MINORS

Select a Modern Language
Human Development and Family Studies
Psychology


GREAT PLAINS IDEA PARTNERSHIP

This program is offered through SDSU's partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA*). Collaborative, multi-institutional online programs expand and diversify your educational opportunities. Courses led by instructors from partner universities and interactions with geographically-dispersed students will broaden your perceptions and knowledge. Learn more >>

*Students need to have completed at least 30 credits to include a human development course and have a GPA of at least 2.5 before taking the GPIDEA courses.


Professional Certification/Licensure

Click here for professional licensure/certification information.

Questions regarding Professional Certification/Licensure can also be directed to Continuing and Distance Education here.


PROGRAM CONTACT

Jennifer Kampmann, Assistant Professor/College Assessment Coordinator
Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Wagner Hall 249 | Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: 605-688-5628
Email: Jennifer.Kampmann@sdstate.edu

SDSU GPIDEA COORDINATOR 

Aimee Maher
Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.GPIDEA@sdstate.edu

SDSU CONTINUING & DISTANCE EDUCATION

Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.distance@sdstate.edu
Web: sdstate.edu/online

SDSU ADMISSIONS

Phone: 605-688-4121
Email: sdsu.admissions@sdstate.edu
Web: sdstate.edu/admissions