Child Development - Special Education Certificate
Title Special Education Certificate 
Department Child Development 

Program Course Requirements

CDEV 1100 Foundations of Child Development (3 cr)
CDEV 1110 Guidance: Managing Physical/Social Environment (4 cr)
CDEV 1115 Planning & Implementing Curriculum (3 cr)
CDEV 1135 Profiles of Exceptional Child (3 cr)
CDEV 1160 Internship (2 cr)
CDEV 2110 Characteristics of Learning & Behavioral (3 cr)
CDEV 2114 Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorder (2 cr)


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Career Description: Graduates will be qualified to seek immediate employment as paraprofessionals in public or private schools and will be particularly qualified to work with students with special needs, which is the largest segment of paraprofessional needs.

Program Information: The Special Education A.A.S. degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking employment as a special education paraprofessional. The program is also beneficial to anyone working in family or center-based childcare, as a nanny, or preschool teacher. Through an articulation agreement with the College of Education at St. Cloud State University, students can transfer the credits directly into a Bachelor’ Degree program in special education.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings;
  • Plan and prepare effective instruction;
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners;
  • Plan culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development;
  • Recognize ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities;
  • Summarize and demonstrate understanding of special education laws and regulations, the needs of special education students and the special education working environment.

Career Opportunities: DEED shows occupational growth projections of 12% in Central MN, and 18%, nationwide, in addition to the significant needs for replacement of retiring Special Education teachers. OSDS information projects 753 annual openings in MN with 686 of these coming from replacement needs. That same source also projects just 65 graduates per year for this period.

Faculty Biography: Jeanette Rydberg, M.S. Early Childhood/Special Education, 11 years teaching experienceas an early childhood/sp.ed teacher and 21 years teaching in higher education. Member of the Council for Exceptional Children, early childhood, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorder divisions.