Child Development - Child Development Assistant Diploma
Title Child Development Assistant Diploma 
Department Child Development 

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester

CDEV 1100 Foundations of Child Development (3 cr)
CDEV 1105 Child Safety, Health & Nutrition (4 cr)

or all four (4) of these courses:
CDEV 1305 Child Abuse & Neglect (1 cr)
CDEV 1306 Child Safety (1 cr)
CDEV 1307 Child Health (1 cr)
CDEV 1308 Child Nutrition (1 cr)

CDEV 1110 Guidance: Managing Physical/Social Environment (4 cr)
CDEV 1120 Professional Relations Early Childhood Careers (3 cr)
Total 14 Credits

Spring Semester
CDEV 1115 Planning & Implementing Curriculum (3 cr) OR CDEV 2340 Professional Leadership (3 cr)
CDEV 1130 Infant/Toddler Development & Learning (4 cr)
CDEV 1133 Creative Developmental Experiences (3 cr)
CDEV 1135 Profiles of Exceptional Child (3 cr)
CDEV 1160 Internship (4 cr)
Total 17 Credits


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Career Description: The Child Development Program prepares individuals to independently provide a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate learning environment in support of families and children. The program meets current hiring standards of center-based childcare programs, Head Start, family childcare and paraprofessional job positions.

Program Information: Subjects covered in this program include child guidance, health, safety, nutrition, child development, parent relations, introduction to special education and professional leadership.

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
  • Incorporate diverse teaching methods and strategies appropriate to addressing the needs of children and families
  • Plan culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development
  • Demonstrate the skills of observation and record keeping of child development and learning
  • Apply professional behavior in daily work with children, families, co-workers and the community
  • Create and consistently maintain an appropriate, safe, healthy learning environment for children
  • Recognize ethical, legal and professional responsibilities

Admissions: Child development courses are scheduled during the day with at least one additional course offered in the evening each semester. Some courses are offered online. This program is a member of E-LECT (e-learning for early childhood teachers), which offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree online. Talk with an advisor or admissions counselor for more details.

Transfer Opportunities: The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with a Child Development Certificate transfers to any MnSCU institution.

Career Opportunities: Graduates of this program are prepared to work at childcare centers, Head Start programs, school districts, preschools, family childcare and after school programs. Selected Employers of Recent Graduates include: Tri-County Head Start in Brainerd, Precious Years Childcare Center, Pillager Family Fun Stop, Step-in-Go Childcare in Crosby and Emily Charter School.

Career Titles: This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers, including the following: school-age caregiver, early care and education assistant teacher, childcare giver, family childcare provider, Head Start teacher, nanny, and elementary school paraprofessional. Assistant teacher in childcare centers, family childcare provider, Head Start teacher, elementary school paraprofessional, school-age care provider, school district, private preschool teacher