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Child Development Careers

Overview

These 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.

Students must have a high school diploma, or GED, and pass a criminal background study. Respect for cultural differences is essential. Good judgment and absolute integrity are also necessary for success in the field of child development.

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.
Career Settings
  • Child Care Centers, Preschools and Nursery Schools
  • Elementary schools as paraprofessionals
  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Extended day school-age programs
  • Home-based settings: Family child care, Nannies and Home
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Hospitals and Child Life Programs
Potential Employers
  • Head Start
  • Children's Home Society
  • Public Schools
Additional Benefits
  • The employment outlook is estimated to grow faster than average through 2010.
  • 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.
  • An accelerated cohort program is available for those who are already in the field and want to earn a degree going to school one night a week.