AAS — Child Care & Education

This 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree provides comprehensive preparation for students to work in a variety of child care settings. Courses not only establish a strong foundation in such areas as healthy child development and learning, but also focus on such areas as working with children who have special needs or challenging behavior, observing and assessing children’s development, supporting infant and toddler learning in a variety of settings, and providing a developmentally appropriate environment for school-age children. A preschool internship or advanced field experience is included.

This program meets the requirements for assistant teacher/teacher as specified by Minnesota Department of Human Services Rules 9503. Additional work experience may be required for teacher positions in licensed child care centers.


Child care is the third largest industry in Minnesota, and the opportunities are vast across the nation as well. Graduates may choose to specialize in these areas: infant-toddler, preschool, school-age, children with special needs, family child care, nanny or administration. You will also qualify to work as a paraeducator in a school setting.

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College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
Required Courses
ENGL 1111College Writing I3
SGNL 1100American Sign Language (ASL) I4
PSYC 1105General Psychology3
SPCH 1120Interpersonal Communications2
CDEV 1100Healthy, Developmentally Appropriate Environment3
CDEV 1102Parent & Professional Relations3
CDEV 1104Child Development and Learning3
CDEV 1110Field I1
CDEV 1112Field II1
CDEV 1114Society/Family Dynamics3
CDEV 1116Relations and Mgmt in Early Child Ed3
CDEV 1126Careers in Early Childhood1
CDEV 1130Special Needs in Early Childhood3
CDEV 1132Special Needs Lab1
CDEV 2202Abuse and Neglect2
CDEV 2206Observing & Assessing3
CDEV 2208Infant/Toddler Learning Exper4
CDEV 2216Children with Difficult Behavior2
CDEV 2220Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
CDEV 2222School-Age Development2
CDEV 2224Children's Literature and Literacy3
CDEV 2286Pre-School Internship4
CDEV 2240Field III - Advanced4
 General Education Electives3
Total Credits: 60