This 27-credit certificate provides an essential foundation for students preparing to work in a variety of child care settings. 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. The Level II certificate also provides 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.
Child care is the third largest industry in Minnesota, and the opportunities are vast across the nation as well. Graduates primarily work in family child care, work as an aide in a child care center or continue their education to obtain an additional credential.
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The 27 credits of this certificate can all be applied toward the 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Child Care & Education. The AAS 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.
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.
|Course #||Course Name||Credit|
|CDEV 1100||Healthy, Developmentally Appropriate Environment||3.00|
|CDEV 1102||Parent & Professional Relations||3.00|
|CDEV 1104||Child Development and Learning||3.00|
|CDEV 1110||Field I||1.00|
|CDEV 1112||Field II||1.00|
|CDEV 1114||Society/Family Dynamics||3.00|
|CDEV 1116||Relations and Mgmt in Early Child Ed||3.00|
|CDEV 1126||Careers in Early Childhood||1.00|
|CDEV 1130||Special Needs in Early Childhood||3.00|
|CDEV 1132||Special Needs Lab||1.00|
|CDEV 2202||Abuse and Neglect||2.00|
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