Why Choose Child Development, Care & Guidance A.A.S. Degree at CLC?
• Experienced Instructors – program instructors have more than 60 years combined experience in special education, childcare, and vocational rehabilitation/counseling.
• Placement – graduates have enjoyed nearly 100% career related job placement.
• Flexible and Convenient – combination of hybrid and online courses allows for flexible student work time and weekly connections to faculty and classmates.
• Articulated Credits – CLC has agreements with eight area high schools to accept high school child development course work.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CARE & GUIDANCE A.A.S. CURRICULUM
Program Course Requirements
First Year – 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 Environ. (4 cr)
CDEV 1150 Childcare Business Strategies (3 cr) OR CDEV 2342 School Age Development (4 cr)
Total 14-15 Credits
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
Second Year – Fall Semester
CDEV 1120 Professional Relations Early Childhood Careers (3 cr)
CDEV 2343 School Age Development & Learning Exp. (4 cr) OR CDEV 1150 Childcare Business Strategies (3 cr)
CDEV 2350 Practicum I (3 cr)
General Education (4 cr)
Total 13-14 Credits
CDEV 2340 Professional Leadership (3 cr) OR Or CDEV 1115 Planning & Implementing Curriculum (3 cr)
Elective (1 cr)
General Education (11 cr)
Total 15 Credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
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.
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.