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Early Childhood Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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It is expected that all students receiving a Bachelor of Applied Science (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.

This Early Childhood Studies major at Metropolitan State University is an excellent option for students transferring from a Minnesota State institution with a diploma or an associate degree in child development or early childhood education who seek a baccalaureate degree. Minnesota State’s Transfer Pathway for early childhood education and Metropolitan State University's articulation agreements with Minnesota community and technical colleges streamline students’ completion of their degree in Early Childhood Studies. Courses are also open to non-majors.

Careers and professional opportunities

The Early Childhood Studies BAS degree gives students the flexibility to demonstrate their commitment to young children’s development through work in a variety of early childhood settings as teachers, directors, trainers, and administrators. Graduates successfully seek employment in child care centers, Head Starts, preschool programs, and child care resource and referral agencies. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Observing and Assessing Young Children: Birth Through Age Five
  • Positive Behavior Guidance
  • Urban Infant-Toddler Curriculum and Practicum
  • Principles of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood
  • Comparative Study of Early Childhood Program Models
  • Language and Communication Development in Early Childhood Education

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Photocopy of passport (picture page, page with expiration date)
  • Photocopy, if available, of visa page and I-94, clearly indicating the port of entry
  • International home address and phone numbers - if you only have a P.O. box, more information is needed (i.e., street name, house number or section of town or rural areas)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    478 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 478 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    478 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 478 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    234 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 234 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Paul

  • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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