Certificate — Level I Child Care & Education

This 20-credit certificate qualifies students for family child care and provides an essential foundation for additional coursework. Courses focus on the elements of a healthy, developmentally appropriate learning environment for children, working with parents and fellow professionals, understanding and promoting the stages of child development and learning, and gaining hands-on experience in the field.



Child care is the third largest industry in Minnesota, and the opportunities are vast across the nation as well. Graduates may work in family child care or continue on to earn an additional credential.

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Next Steps

The Level II certificate in Child Care & Education can be earned with three additional courses worth seven combined credits, for a total of 27 credits. The additional courses provide an introduction to basic child guidance in both individual and group settings, as well as how to assist children with special needs in both special education and inclusive settings. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Child Care & Education, which totals 60 credits, includes an advanced field experience as well as courses that focus on strategies for children with challenging behavior, promoting infant/toddler learning in a variety of settings, and how to plan and present literature/literacy experiences for children.

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
CDEV 1100Healthy, Developmentally Appropriate Environment3.00
CDEV 1102Parent & Professional Relations3.00
CDEV 1104Child Development and Learning3.00
CDEV 1110Field I1.00
CDEV 1112Field II1.00
CDEV 1114Society/Family Dynamics3.00
CDEV 1126Careers in Early Childhood1.00
CDEV 2202Abuse and Neglect2.00
 General Studies3
Total Credits: 20