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Child Development Careers Diploma

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 052D

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

This program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in entry-level early childhood education positions. Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, professional relations, and strategies for promoting learning in young children.

Lab and practicum 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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Child Development Diploma program will qualify to work at a child care center, preschool program, before/after-school program, a family child care home or nanny. This diploma meets Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for child care providers. 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. Demonstrate effective collaboration to support families.
  3. Apply evidence-based, developmentally effective strategies to positively influence children’s behavior and learning.
  4. Plan and implement developmentally effective curriculum to address developmental and learning outcomes of young children.
  5. Utilize authentic assessment tools and approaches to support young children, families and inform practice. 

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

Subtotal: 27 Credits

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements: 8 Credits

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term.

Total Semester Credits: 15

All students must meet all reading and writing program entry requirements prior to entering courses beyond the Certificate. CDEV 1200 , CDEV 1210 , CDEV 1230 , and CDEV 1250  must be completed before taking CDEV courses.

Second Semester

Total Semester Credits: 13

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 7

Total Program Credits: 35

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

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

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

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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