Child Development


About This Program

The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of childcare by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of childcare providers.

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Degrees & Credits

Certificate (16 credits)


Program Features

National CDC

The program has been developed to address the six national competency goals and standards required for the National CDC. Candidates can receive their CDC in any of the following three areas:

  • Center-Based Preschool Setting
  • Center-Based Infant/Toddler Setting
  • Family Child Care Setting

Students will have the opportunity to gain work experience through an onsite practicum in area early childhood programs. This experience, along with coursework, will prepare students with a strong foundation for working with young children in the community.

Career Opportunities

A growing field

The prospects for employment in early childhood are excellent. According to a report by the Blandin Foundation, Itasca County was found to be short on quality childcare for working parents. The Blandin Foundation has been involved in supporting the Child Development Certificate and the AS degree program in early childhood education to fulfill these needs. The children in these settings will benefit from caregivers who understand child development and are specialists in early childhood education.
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

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