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.

Find Career Information
Learn what occupations may be of interest to someone who has completed this program. Find information about wages and employment outlook.

  1. Job Placement Rate:
  2. Average Salary in MN
    $25,542/yr (1)
  3. Job Openings in MN, Next Decade
    48,284+ (1)

data from: NTC Career Services; Minnesota DEED. (1) for job category Childcare Workers


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 1101Health Safety and Nutrition3.00
CDEV 1104Child Growth and Development3.00
CDEV 1114Child and Family Relations in a Diverse World3.00
CDEV 1116Guiding Young Children3.00
CDEV 1135Creative Activities and Environments3.00
CDEV 1138Observing & Assessing3.00
CDEV 1107Intro to Early Childhood Education3.00
CDEV 1111Practicum I3.00
CDEV 2208Infant/Toddler Learning Exper3.00
CDEV 2220Foundations of Early Childhood Education3.00
CDEV 2222School-Age Development2.00
CDEV 2224Intro to Language and Literacy3.00
CDEV 2230Children with Differing Abilities3.00
CDEV 2237Parent & Professional Relations3.00
CDEV 2240Practicum II3.00-4.00
ENGL 1111College Writing I3.00
SGNL 1100American Sign Language (ASL) I4.00
SGNL 2100American Sign Language (ASL) II4.00
PSYC 1105General Psychology3.00
SPCH 1120Interpersonal Communications2.00
Total Credits: 60

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