Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
About the Program
The Education program provides both the foundation for upper division coursework for those planning to become teachers, as well as opportunities to earn either a certificate or associates degree in Paraeducation. Our courses are interdisciplinary and will provide hands-on experience to help you gain the strategies and skills needed for the work of professional education.
The Paraeducator option is a pre-professional program providing an essential core of education courses and experiences. It prepares you for work as educational paraprofessionals. The curriculum provides specific training, general education and experience working with children or youth in educational settings. It will fulfill the education requirements for paraprofessionals as described in the Leave No Children Behind legislation (Title I schools.)
The Associate in Science in Education is a transfer-oriented program providing a comprehensive core of education courses and experiences. It prepares you to transfer into a four-year teacher education program (or to work as educational paraprofessionals.) The curriculum provides specific training, general education and experience working with children or youth in educational settings. If you are interested in transferring to a four-year program, it is recommended you check the specific transfer arrangements with the college of your choice and a Century College counselor or advisor. These discussions should take place early and often to ensure an appropriate program is planned for enrollment at Century College and at the four-year school.
Planning for Your Program
- Transfer Planning - Articulation Agreements
These agreements provide students with educational plans to help them transfer to four-year institutions.
- Transfer Resources
Advanced planning is critical when you transfer. Learn more about possible options.
- Bachelor Degree Planning
We partner with many institutions offering Bachelor's degrees that can be completed here, online, or at a metro location.
Potential Job Titles
- Teacher Aides/Paraeducators/Educational Assistants
- Elementary School Teachers *
- Middle School Teachers *
- High School Teachers/Secondary School Teachers *
* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree
Teacher Aides/Paraeducators/Educational Assistants
Average Wage: $32,423.00/year
Top Earners: $45, 833.00/year
Elementary School Teachers *
Average Wage: $64,360.00/year
Top Earners: $78,151.00/year
Middle School Teachers *
Average Wage: $66,424.00/year
Top Earners: $84,820.00/year
High School Teachers/Secondary School Teachers *
Average Wage: $70,609.00/year
Top Earners: $109,301.00/year
* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu
Structured, education-related practicums and field experience are important components of quality education programs. Students in the Education AS program are required to complete a minimum of 40 to 100 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, and internship experiences using the portfolio skills taught in EDUC 1020, recommended as a first semester course for all education majors; EDUC 1021, recommended at the end of the first year or the beginning of the second year. Be advised that transfer institutions and/or employers may also ask for this documentation.
NOTE: A MN Human Services Background Study may be required for some education field experiences, however, the background study is not mandatory to start or complete the programs. Please contact a program instructor for any questions or concerns about the background study.