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.
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.
- Create appropriate learning environments for each child.
- Demonstrate effective collaboration to support families.
- 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.
- Utilize authentic assessment tools and approaches to support young children, families and inform practice.
- Teach effectively using ASL in a variety of early care and education settings.
- Reflect on their own teaching practices as members of the early childhood profession.
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.
Part-time and full-time options are available. Evening, Saturday, and online courses are also available.