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  • ​​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​.

  • ​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​
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Students should consult with the Program Advisor each semester.

Kelly McKown 

Janet Massa 

​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 of 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​

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.

​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 

  • 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 Administration, Concordia University-St. Paul ​

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  • ​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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