Major ID: 051C
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring
This program is designed to give students an introduction to the field of Early Childhood Education and the variety of possible career opportunities. Each of our other programs begin with the Certificate-level courses. Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, professional relations, and strategies for promoting learning in young children.
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 Certificate program will qualify to work at a child care center, preschool program, before/after-school program, a family child care home or nanny. This certificate meets Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for child care provider. The demand for trained child development professionals continues to increase as more and 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.
- Apply evidence-based, developmentally effective strategies to positively influence children’s behavior and learning.
- Plan developmentally effective curriculum to address developmental and learning outcomes of young children.
Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.
Part-time and full-time options are available. Evening, Saturday, and online courses are also available.