Higher Education

North Dakota’s Higher Education system is an essential partner in preparing the state’s early childhood workforce. With the current growing interest in quality early childhood education, demand for highly qualified early childhood teachers is on the rise. You may wish to complete college courses to help you expand your knowledge, renew your CDA Credential, complete coursework for continuing education credits, or earn a degree. Some courses may be offered online or in a distance format.

North Dakota Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium

Growing Futures works with the North Dakota Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium to approve and accept higher education coursework and degrees. The Consortium has developed common course numbering that allows ECE credits to easily transfer between schools. A number of these courses have been identified as options for fulfilling the requirements at Growing Futures Career Pathways Categories A–D as well as license renewal.

Thinking of Going Back to School?

Watch out! If you are considering going back to school, be sure you are a careful higher education consumer. There are many online degree programs being marketed. Many of them are not regionally accredited, and the credits you receive may not count for Career Pathways or transfer into other colleges and universities. Before you invest your time, energy, and money, be certain the school you are thinking of attending is regionally accredited. Growing Futures Registry staff can help you determine if the school and degree program you are considering is credible.