Child Development


About This Program

The Child Development certificate is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a wide variety of early childhood settings. Practitioners will learn how to provide a safe and healthy developmentally appropriate learning environment which promotes physical and intellectual competence and social and emotional growth. A focus on developing culturally appropriate and inclusive family partnerships with a commitment to professionalism will be introduced.

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Degrees & Credits

Certificate (9 credits)

Mesabi Range - Eveleth
Mesabi Range - Virginia
Online (Minnesota North)
Rainy River

Program Features

Variety of Options

* The Child Development Certificate courses may be offered in various formats: in-person, synchronously via Zoom, or online.* Field experiences are required, which means students are able to put their growing knowledge into practice right away.* Graduates of the Child Development certificate will be prepared to apply to the National Council for Professional Development for the internationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA).* Graduates can apply this certificate toward the requirements for the Early Childhood AS and Early Childhood/Special Education AAS degrees.

Career Opportunities

A growing field

Early Childhood is an in-demand career field according to Minnesota's Department of Labor & Industry and the CDA credential is an internationally-recognized basic qualification for early childhood professionals. Completion of the Child Development Certificate provides the knowledge base required to apply for the CDA, translating to a career as a classroom assistant and an increased wage.NOTE: Students enrolling in the Early Childhood Education AS degree program must be willing to obtain and pass a Criminal Background check.


Cody Geisler

Child Development Instructor

Dawn Kemppainen-Olson

Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Instructor