• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Research shows that quality care and education for young children is critically important, and the demand for qualified teachers of young children is great. The Early Education and Care course at South Dakota State University is an online undergraduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration. 
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Overview

This program will prepare you 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 the Early Education and Care course at South Dakota State University  include: childcare centers and homes, infant/toddler and preschool programs, Head Start programs, and before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight.

Career Opportunities

  • Child care provider
  • Preschool teacher
  • Para-professional
  • Head start or early head start
  • Afterschool or boys & girls clubs

Accreditation

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International students are eligible to participate in our fully online programs but must do so outside the U.S. due to visa regulations. In addition, students should apply at least 6 months before the application deadline for our fully online programs.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Early Experience and Lab
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition of Young Children 
  • Child Development - Birth to 3 
  • Child Development - 4 to 8 
  • Child Guidance and Classroom Environments 
  • Professional Development for Early Childhood Education Providers 
  •  Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families 
  • Technology and Young Children

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    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:

    5.5

    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:

    500

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    44

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completed online application Note: New and transferring international (F-1 visa) undergraduate students should be at least 17 years of age by the time they begin their studies at SDSU.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

New undergraduate students should have the equivalent of a 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the US

Transfer students who have completed 30 or more credits at another US college or university should have a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.   

  • Academic Records
  • English Language Proficiency
  • All new undergraduate students (not transfer students) are required to provide proof of their English language proficiency. Scores must be submitted within two years of taking the test. Students from certain countries and based on their educational background may not have to submit scores.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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