Child Development/American Sign Language A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Child Development / American Sign Language 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.

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

First Year – Fall Semester
AMSL 1410 American Sign Language (4 cr)
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 15 Credits

Spring Semester
AMSL 1412* American Sign Language (4 cr)
CDEV 1115 Planning & Implementing Curriculum (3 cr)  OR  CDEV 2340 Professional Leadership (3 cr)
CDEV 1130 Infant/Toddler Development and Learning (4 cr)
CDEV 1135 Profiles of Exceptional Child (3 cr)
Total 14 Credits

Second Year – Fall Semester
AMSL 2410* American Sign Language (4 cr)
AMSL 2420 Deaf Culture (3 cr)
CDEV 1120 Professional Relations Early Childhood Careers (3 cr)
CDEV 1160 Internship (4 cr)
Total 14 Credits

Spring Semester
AMSL 2412* American Sign Language (4 cr)
CDEV 1115 Planning & Implementing Curriculum (3 cr)  OR  CDEV 2340 Professional Leadership (3 cr)
CDEV 1133 Creative Developmental Experiences (3 cr)
CDEV 2350 Practicum I (3 cr)
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (3 cr)
General Education  (1 cr)
Total 17 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 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
Tanya Hoting-Mrazek

Tanya Hoting-Mrazek

American Sign Language Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8239
Brainerd E438
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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


Child Development/ASL A.A.S graduate
I graduated from CLC with an AAS Child Development/American Sign Language degree. Not only did I have a fantastic learning experience from the Child Development/American Sign Language program, but I also really enjoy using the materials in my daily personal and professional life. All of the ability I have to help, to facilitate open communication comes directly from my Child Development/ASL program that I was a part of at CLC. Within weeks of enrolling, I fell in love with American Sign Language and knew how productive it could be in my future plans. I am so incredibly thankful for having the opportunity to experience this unique program. The program is stand-alone awesome, but the faculty members that head them up, make the programs. I give them credit for so much of my success. They pushed and praised. They taught and learned with you at the same time. I am so blessed to have had them as part of my educational plan. Hands down, best educational experience of my life.


Child Development/American Sign Language A.A.S graduate
At the age of 34, I decided to take on a new adventure, and became a college student again. I am forever thankful I did. I had the most amazing instructors in the Child Development/American Sign Language degree. They were always willing to help, and always so fun. I could always approach them for help and never felt like I was going to be turned away. I now use the skills and knowledge I learned in the program working in the local school district. It is so rewarding everyday waking up knowing I love going to my job. If it wasn’t for the things I learned in this great program, I wouldn’t love my life as much as I do right now.

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