Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Early Childhood Education 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 Early Childhood Education program 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. http://childcareawaremn.org/professionals-caregivers/grants-scholarships/teach-scholarships

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester
CDEV 1102 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 cr)
CDEV 1104 Child Growth and Development (3 cr)
CDEV 1106 Child Health, Wellness, Safety, and Nutrition (3 cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr) OR ENGL 1422 Practical Writing (3 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total 15-16 Credits

First Year – Spring Semester
CDEV 1112* Child Behavior and Guidance (3 cr)
CDEV 1114* Diverse Children and Family Relations (3 cr)
CDEV 1116* Integration of Play (3 cr)
CDEV 2202* Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total 15 Credits

Second Year – Fall Semester
CDEV 2104* Observation and Assessment (3 cr)
CDEV 2106 Creative Activities and the Learning Environment (3 cr)
CDEV 2108* Introduction to Language and Literacy (3 cr)
CDEV 2116 Infant and Toddler Development, Learning, and Responsive Relationships (3 cr)
General Education (3 cr)
Total 15 Credits

Second Year – Spring Semester
CDEV 2204* Characteristics of Children with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Behavioral Disorders (2 cr)
CDEV 2206* Careers and Business Strategies in Early Childhood (3 cr)
CDEV 2208* Understanding and Planning Curriculum (3 cr)
CDEV 2110* Internship (3 – 4 cr)
General Education ( 3 cr)
Total 14 – 15 Credits


Career Description: The Early Childhood Education 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: The Early Childhood Education AAS 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 Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings;
  • Plan, prepare, and implement effective instruction;
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners;
  • Incorporate and demonstrate diverse teaching and guidance strategies appropriate to addressing the needs of children, families, and communities;
  • Plan, prepare, and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development;
  • Recognize the importance of play to healthy child development and incorporate play based learning into early childhood environments;
  • 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; and
  • Recognize ethical, legal and professional responsibilities.

Admissions: This program requires students to pass a Minnesota background check to participate in all of the field experiences and internships. 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.

Career Opportunities: Graduates of this program are prepared to work as a teacher in child care centers, Head Start programs, paraprofessionals, preschools, family childcare and after school programs.

Career Titles: This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers, including the following: Early Head Start Teacher, Food Program Monitor, RBPD (Relationship-based Professional Development) Specialist, Home Visitor, Achieve Trainer I, Public School Paraprofessional or Teacher’s Aide, School Age Childcare Provider.


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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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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