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Child Development Careers Certificate

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Create appropriate learning environments for each child.    
  2. Apply evidence-based, developmentally effective strategies to positively influence children’s behavior and learning.
  3. Plan developmentally effective curriculum to address developmental and learning outcomes of young children.

Program Faculty

Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

Kelly McKown

Part-time/Full-time Options

Part-time and full-time options are available. Evening, Saturday, and online courses are also available.

Program Requirements

Course Sequence

This certificate can be completed in one semester as shown in the following sequence. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term.

Total Semester Credits: 18

Total Program Credits: 18

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

*This certificate can also be completed over two or more semesters.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 240+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in READ 0721  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0860  

Arithmetic: Score of 225+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites


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