Child Development Certificate

Why Choose Child Development Certificate 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.

About the Program

Parents, future childcare providers, early childhood teachers and special educators: the CLC child development program includes courses that enable any and all early childhood and school-age career pathways. Enjoy the hands-on experiences on campus, access to latest research, and/or convenience of online learning.

Whether you are beginning your education or updating your skills and knowledge, the CLC Child Development department will provide professional development tailored to your needs. Come join the fun!

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA, a project of Child Care Aware of Minnesota, is a scholarship program intended to help early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their levels of education, compensation and commitment to the field. T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) has a history of helping Minnesota child care professionals earn college credits, degrees and credentials.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester
CDEV 1100 Foundations of Child Development (3 cr)
CDEV 1105 Child Safety, Health & Nutrition (4 cr)
CDEV 1110 Guidance: Managing Physical/Social Environment (4 cr)
Total 11 Credits

Spring Semester
CDEV 1115 Planning and Implementing Curriculum (3 cr)  OR  CDEV 2340 Professional Leadership (3 cr)
CDEV 1160 Internship (3 cr)
CDEV 1135 Profiles of the Exceptional Child (3 cr)
Total 9 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.

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.


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Kim Bailey

Child Development Instructor
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Stephen Larson

Child Development Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8112
Brainerd W129
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Cynthia Tougas-Mann

Child Development Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8112
Brainerd W129

Student Testimonials


2014 Graduate of A.A.S. Child Care and Guidance degree
My experience at CLC was wonderful! The classes are fun and I loved all the hands on work I was able to do. I also had very helpful teachers in class and online. I’d recommend this program to others.


Graduate of Child Development Care and Guidance A.A.S
I had been a licensed child care provider for 9 years when I decided to go back to college and get my Child Development degree. This degree has enabled me to provide a higher quality program for the children in my care. My child care families recognize that I am a professional in the child care field.


2014 Graduate – Brainerd
As a student in the child development program, I have had the opportunity to learn so many new and useful things. I am so glad that I chose this program. The program instructors were amazing to work with and made it fun and exciting to learn. I was lucky to be a part of so many classes that enriched my life and I look forward to using the skills I have learned in the near future.


Graduate of A.S. Young Child Education degree and an A.A. degree.
The CLC Child Development Program provided me with the opportunity and tools to improve my current licensed child care program as well as prepare me for a new journey in the world of child development as a Center Director. The convenience of an on-line option enabled me to enhance my professional development skills at a time that was convenient and fit my schedule. My instructors were always available and ready to answer questions, provide guidance and up to date information.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

Gainful Employment – Child Development Certificate

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