Certificate — Level II Child Care & Education

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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Next Steps

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.

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
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
 General Studies3
Total Credits: 27