Early Childhood | EC Special Education (MRC)

The Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education A.A.S. Degree prepares you for employment in an Early Childhood setting. You will obtain the educational background and practical experience necessary to provide young children (birth to age eight) of varying abilities with developmentally appropriate learning experiences.

You will also explore universal promotion, secondary prevention, and tertiary intervention approaches to educate and care for children with challenging behaviors. Physical space, appropriate routines, and myriad transition and teaching strategies will be practiced. In addition, you will develop several communication strategies that will foster an inclusive, relationship-based approach to interacting effectively with diverse families.

Program Requirements

Students must be able to pass a state of Minnesota background study to participate in the required practicum component of the program. Please see the following: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=245C.15 and https://mn.gov/dhs/general-public/background-studi...

RRCC Cohort

The partnership between Rainy River Community College and Mesabi Range College will allow students in the I. Falls area to complete their program at RRCC. General education courses are delivered face-to-face or online from RRCC instructors, the early childhood/early childhood special education courses are delivered online through Mesabi Range College.

General Education courses that can be completed at Rainy River Community College:

CMST 1565 Interpersonal Communication OR CMST 1585 Intercultural Communication. (students transferring to SMSU will also need CMST 1555) COMM 1010 Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 1040 Intercultural Communication
ENGL 1511 College Writing I ENGL 1010 English Composition I
HSER 1465 Drug Use and Abuse HLTH 2010 Chemical Abuse Education
PSYC 2551 General Psychology PSYC 1020 General Psychology
PSYC 2567 Life Span Psychology PSYC 2400 Lifespan Development
MATH 1511 Foundations of Math or MATH 1415 Math for Elementary Teachers MATH 1200 Liberal Arts Math or MATH 1145 College Algebra (recommended for transfer to 4-year university)

MRC - Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Website and Program Guide