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Child Development Careers - American Sign Language (ASL)

Child Development Careers ASL Associate of Science Degree
Child Development Careers - American Sign Language (ASL)

Program Overview

The Child Development Careers - American Sign Language (ASL) Associate of Science Degree program is designed for an individual who would like to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree to become a licensed early childhood teacher in the public schools and/or to have advanced specialization in order to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) in early childhood settings.​​​​

Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, professional relations, and curriculum planning, as well as liberal arts education. Lab and Practicum opportunities are provided which allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience.​

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.

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

Program Highlights

  • ​Fundamental principles of child development and developmentally appropriate guidance practices.
  • Skills to work with diverse groups of children such as children who have:
    • ​Hearing impairments
    • Autism
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental delays
    • Communication disorders
    • A home language other than English (learning English with ASL helps dramatically)
    • Not learned to talk yet (infants can sign months before they can say their first word)
    • Not learned to read (ASL is a bridge from verbal to written communication)
  • 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

    View all course descriptions

    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.
  • Transfer Pathways

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

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

    Child ​Development Careers ASL AS Degree

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

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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Opportunities exist for students to transfer to a 4-year institution after earning the Associate of Science (AS).

    • Scholarship money is available for those who are already in the field and want to earn a degree.

    • 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.

  • Program Advisor

    ​Students should consult with the Program Advisor each semester.

    Kelly McKown

    Janet Massa

  • Meet the Faculty

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