AAS — Child Development Careers
If you’re interested in a career teaching young children, the Child Development Careers program at Northwest Technical College will prepare you for a variety of opportunities. You’ll learn how to provide a safe, healthy, developmentally and culturally appropriate educational environment for children from birth through age 8.
This 60-credit Associate of Applied Science 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.
Childcare is the third largest industry in Minnesota, and the opportunities are vast across the nation as well. Graduates may choose to specialize areas, such as: 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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data from: NTC Career Services; Minnesota DEED. (1) for job category Childcare Workers
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.
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