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Early Childhood Education Minor

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"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero." - Fred Rogers

Research shows that quality care and education for young children is critically important, and the demand for qualified teachers of young children is great. A minor in early childhood education will prepare students to appropriately care for and educate young children and create programs for children and families. Students who seek to obtain a professional position that impacts young children and families will benefit from completing this minor as they will have a better understanding of children’s development, family needs and support and how to work with young children. The early childhood education minor will benefit students pursuing careers in education, nutrition and dietetics, social work, health and human services and other roles working directly and indirectly with children and families.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.