Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

A degree from the SCTCC Education program is the best step to support children in the community. The SCTCC program offers students the opportunity to do site visits, service learning, and internships to gain real-world experience in multiple areas of childcare and education.

At SCTCC, we ensure every student can choose their area of study so they can follow the path right from them. Our students can choose to focus on early childhood studies, special education, or elementary education.

If a student is interested in Early Childhood Education, our classes will prepare them for work in various human services positions. Our curriculum focuses on human development, behavior management, inclusive learning environment, curriculum planning, and learning strategies. New! Check out our Early Childhood Education Certificate.

Students interested in teaching in elementary schools, kindergarten through sixth grade, can choose to focus on Elementary Education Foundations. In the SCTCC program, we provide our students with their teaching foundations. After graduation, students can seamlessly transfer to any of the seven universities in the Minnesota State system that have an elementary education bachelor’s degree.

Students at SCTCC even have the opportunity to focus on Special Education. Students interested in this career path would work with children with disabilities and work closely with parents, specialists, and administrators to promote inclusiveness for every child. At SCTCC, students in the Special Education program will learn the preparation skills needed before transferring to any of the seven universities in the Minnesota State system that have a special education bachelor’s degree.

SCTCC students in the Education program have the opportunity of being placed in an internship. Students are required to complete and submit a MN Department of Human Service (DHS) Background Study form before starting their internship. If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study, or on your ability to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement
Central MN Median Wage

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Education program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area that are ready to hire including St. Cloud School District 742, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District, The Learning Tree, and more.

Students in our Education program learn the required skills to succeed in their careers. With a degree from SCTCC, our graduates know to how to build inclusion in learning environments, plan curriculum, develop strategies for learning, and developmental foundations.

We ensure that SCTCC graduates, no matter the area of study they focus on, understand professional and leadership development, so that our graduates excel in the workforce and get the job opportunities that are right for them.

Quick Glance

  • Inclusion in learning environments 
  • Curriculum planning 
  • Strategies for learning 
  • Professional and leadership development 
  • Developmental foundations 

With a degree from SCTCC, students in our Education program have a variety of career choices, from early childhood centers, licensed childcare facilities, before-and-after school programs, and head start programs.

Our graduates have even worked at assisted living facilities for people with disabilities, as a paraprofessional in the PreK-12 classroom, daycare teacher, toddler teacher, and even lead teachers.

A day in the life of our graduates could be working as a lead teacher in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District. While teaching in their classroom, our graduates use the skills taught at SCTCC like developing and planning curriculum and building an inclusive environment.

Quick Glance

  • Early childhood centers 
  • Licensed childcare facilities 
  • Before- and after-school programs 
  • Head Start programs 
  • Facilities for people with disabilities 
  • Paraprofessional in the PreK-12 classroom  
  • Daycare teacher 
  • Toddler teacher 
  • Lead teacher 

With a degree in Education, our graduates have a variety of options for a future employer. Many SCTCC students have worked with St. Cloud School District 742, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District, and the Learning Tree.

Our students have even served the state of Minnesota by also working with the Buffalo Hanover Montrose School District, Sartell Community Education, and St. Francis Xavier School.

Quick Glance

  • St. Cloud School District 742
  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District 
  • The Learning Tree 
  • Buffalo Hanover Montrose School District
  • Sartell Community Education 
  • St. Francis Xavier School

The SCTCC Education AAS degree serves as a gateway to a 4-year degree from Southwest Minnesota State University or St. Cloud State University to teach children from birth to third grade. For more information on this, visit SMSU's Education Programs page.

The two AS degrees are pathway degrees that transfer to any Minnesota State university.

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Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Education program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Business Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to spend $1,411 on books, supplies, and materials.

Net Price Calculator

Financial Aid

The following scholarships are specifically for CACE students:

  • Delrita Rudnitski Memorial Scholarship
  • Playhouse Child Care Center Scholarship
  • Apply just once, and students are considered for all SCTCC Scholarships

Current Students

Current Education students - this is your place for information.

The Education program has a faculty member that is ready to address your questions about the time you will spend in class, internships, and about faculty in the program. If you have questions related to these topics, please contact our Faculty representative:

Connie Logeman, Program Instructo
Phone: (320) 308-6644
Fax: (320) 308-5960

Office 2-401
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303

First and second year students in the Education program have the opportunity to join the Education Club. Students in the club meet with other students and build lifelong personal and professional relationships. The Education Club also provides opportunities to build critical leadership skills, boost self-confidence, and other hands-on experiences that will build your resume experience and increase networking contacts.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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