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Child Development Careers ASL Associate of Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 271S

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. Students will learn about child development, guidance, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, and professional relations, as well as liberal arts education. 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 Careers ASL AS Degree 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 (working with children in a hospital setting).

Since this degree has a focus on using ASL in an early childhood setting, it increases employability for our graduates. If students go on for more education, the career opportunities (and pay scale) also increase. The demand for trained child development professionals continues to increase 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.

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.
  6. Teach effectively using ASL in a variety of early care and education settings.
  7. Reflect on their own teaching practices as members of the early childhood profession.

Program Faculty

Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

Kelly McKown

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Part-Time/Full-time Options

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

Program Requirements

Subtotal: 30 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

General Education Requirements: 30 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. Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

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 1220 , and CDEV 1230  must be completed before taking other CDEV courses.

Second Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Program Credits: 60

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 250+

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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