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Child Development Careers

Child Development Careers Associate in Science Degree
Child Development Careers Associate in Applied Science Degree
Child Development Careers Diploma
Child Development Certificate

Program Overview

​The Child Development Careers programs are designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of early childhood settings. Throughout the programs, students will learn about child development, guidance, cultural sensitivity, and professional relationships. 

Respect for cultural differences is essential. Good judgment and absolute integrity are also necessary for success in the field of child development.

The Child Development Careers Associate in Science (AS) Degree is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or related field.​​​ It also prepares individuals for employment as a teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. Internship opportunities are provided which allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience.​

The Child Development Careers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as a teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. Lab and practicum opportunities are provided which allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience.

The Child Development Careers Diploma program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in entry-level early childhood education positions. Lab and practicum opportunities are provided which allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience.​

The Child Development Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as a teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. ​ Each of our other Child Development Careers programs begin with the courses in the Certificate program. Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, professional relations, and strategies for promoting learning in young children.

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online and traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • ​Child safety, health, and nutrition 
  • Fundamental principles of child development and developmentally appropriate guidance practices 
  • Knowledge and skills in developing and implementing early childhood curriculum and strategies that promote learning 
  • Skills in family, community, and staff relations​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    Additional Program Requirements

    • ​All students must meet all reading and writing program entry requirements prior to entering courses beyond the Certificate.
    • Students must have a high school diploma, or GED, and pass a criminal background study.
  • Career Settings

    • ​Child Care Centers, Preschools and Nursery Schools 
    • Elementary schools as paraprofessionals (No Child Left Behind Act requires an associate degree) 
    • Early Childhood Family Education 
    • Early Childhood Special Education 
    • Extended day school-age programs 
    • Home-based settings: family child care, nannies and home visitors 
    • Hospitals and Child Life Programs 
    • Start your own business​
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following programs and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

    Child Development Careers AAS and AS Degrees 

    • BS Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stout 
    • BAS Early Childhood Studies, Metropolitan State University 
    • BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus 
    • BA Child Development, Concordia University-St. Paul 
    • BA Family Science, Concordia University-St. Paul ​
    • BA Health Care Administrtion, Concordia University-St. Paul ​

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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​​Our job placement rate is well over 95% and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment outlook will grow faster than average through 2018.​
    • Opportunities exist for students to transfer to a 4-year institution after earning the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Associate in Science (AS). 
    • Scholarship money is available for those who are already in the field and want to earn a degree.
    • T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA Scholarship Program is intended to help early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their levels of education, compensation and commitment to the field​.

  • Program Advisor

    Students should consult with the Program Advisor each semester.

    Kelly McKown 
    kelly.mckown@saintpaul.edu 

    Janet Massa 
    janet.massa@saintpaul.edu


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Child Development Careers Certificate

Child Development Careers Diploma

Career Information

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