AS in Child Development

This 60-credit Associate of Science degree prepares graduates to transfer to a four-year college or university for a non-teaching degree in child development or an education degree in early childhood, which is required for a license to teach from birth through third grade.


AS – Child Development

You will be qualified to work as a teacher in childcare facilities or an educational paraprofessional. You may choose to specialize in areas, such as: Infant-toddler, preschool, school-age, children with special needs, family child care, nanny or administration. You will also be qualified to work as a para-educator in a school setting.

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Next Steps

All credits earned in the Associate of Science degree at NTC may be applied toward child development education programs at eligible institutions within the Minnesota State System of Colleges and Universities. Transfer options are also available at Mayville State University in North Dakota.

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 1107Intro to Early Childhood Education3.00
CDEV 1111Practicum I3.00
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 2224Intro to Language and Literacy3.00
CDEV 2230Children with Differing Abilities3.00
ENGL 1111College Writing I3.00
ENGL 1113College Writing II3.00
PSYC 1105General Psychology3.00
SPCH 1110Intro to Public Speaking3.00
SGNL 1100American Sign Language (ASL) I4.00
SGNL 2100American Sign Language (ASL) II4.00
 General Education Electives10
Total Credits: 60

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