Early Childhood & Youth Development Program Ranked Nationally

The Best Schools lists DCTC #37 for The Best Online Associate’s in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

The Early Childhood & Youth Development (ECYD) program at Dakota County Technical College is ranked #37 in the United States in 2019 by The Best Schools on the independent organization’s list of The Best Online Associate’s in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs.

Clifford B. Kvidahl, senior communications director for The Best Schools, reported that TBS connects prospective students with the best online degree programs available.

“This year, we reviewed all accredited online associate’s in early childhood education degree programs in the U.S. to select the Top 50 programs in the nation,” Kvidahl said. “DCTC stands out as one of the best of the best.”

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More about the Early Childhood & Youth Development program…

Early Childhood & Youth Development A.A.S.

This program prepares students for employment in a variety of early childhood and youth settings. Students learn about child development, guidance, professional relationships, nutrition, health & safety, cultural sensitivity, and techniques for promoting learning in young children. This program is available in the classroom and most courses are also available online. Courses meet Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for assistant teacher and teachers in a child care setting.

Early Childhood & Youth Development A.S.

This program is designed to prepare students for transfer to an early childhood teacher licensure program. Students learn about child development, guidance, professional relationships, nutrition, health & safety, cultural sensitivity, and techniques for promoting learning in young children. This program is available in the classroom and most courses are also available online.  Courses meet Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for teachers and assistant teachers in a child care setting.

Child & Family Studies A.S.

This program delivers a broad scope of knowledge and skills necessary for working with, or on behalf of, children and families in a variety of non-teaching career fields such as human service agencies and services, home visiting, coaching, early childhood management, and child life. Students learn about child development, guidance, professional relationships, nutrition, health & safety, cultural sensitivity, and techniques for supporting children and families in a variety of settings, including therapeutic sites. This program is available in the classroom and most courses are also available online.​

Learn more about Early Childhood & Youth Development at DCTC by contacting:

Dawn Easley
ECYD Director
651-423-8315

Sharon Bergen
ECYD Faculty
651-423-8398