Major ID: TPEA
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer
This program 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. Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, professional relations, and curriculum planning, as well as liberal arts education. Internship opportunities are provided which allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience. 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. Respect for cultural differences is essential. Good judgment and absolute integrity are also necessary for success in the field of child development.
Graduates of the Child Development AS program may seek further education to earn a degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education, child development and family studies, psychology, or social work, but will also qualify to work at a child care center or preschool program, a family child care home or nanny, as well as a teacher in a Head Start program, a teacher assistant or education assistant in the public schools, Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Child Life Assistant (hospital setting). If students go on for more education, the career opportunities (and pay scale) continue to increase.
The demand for trained child development professionals is increasing as more parents seek quality care and educational programs for their children. 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 2026.
- Create appropriate learning environments for each child.
- Demonstrate effective collaboration to support families.
- Utilize authentic assessment tools and approaches to support young children, families and inform practice.
- Apply evidence-based, developmentally effective strategies to positively influence children’s behavior and learning.
- Plan and implement developmentally effective curriculum to address developmental and learning outcomes of young children.
- Comply with professional standards related to early childhood education.
- Teach effectively in a variety of early care and education settings.
Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.
Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer
Evening, Saturday, and online courses are also available.