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Child Development program overview

The Child Development program prepares individuals for employment in a variety of early child care and educational settings as teachers, family child care providers or nannies.  You'll learn how to plan age-appropriate activities that recognize the diversity of children and families while providing a healthy, safe environment. This degree expands the student`s knowledge of child development in areas of communication, writing and developmental skills.  Many employers recognize the benefits of this extensive training and require the degree for employment at the teacher level.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester (Summer Partial)
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus and Brooklyn Park Campus and Online Only (100% Online)
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Skills Required

Students must have a high school diploma or GED. In addition, those who work with children should be patient, have a willingness to learn and grow, and must be able to take initiative. You must be reliable, responsible and be able to problem solve. You should have good writing skills and be able to communicate well with others as a member of a team.

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with children, patients, and residents at a health or child care facility licensed by the State of Minnesota have a background study conducted by the state. Students who have criminal backgrounds are ineligible to participate in practicums and are ineligible for graduation.

All graduates are required to have documentation of their growth in the program. Talk to one of the teachers to learn if you may use the portfolio you already had started, or the e-folio.

Job Outlook

Possible job titles may include: 

Educational Assistant, Paraprofessional, Aide, Site Coordinator, Nanny, Family Child Care Provider, Director, Assistant Director, Teacher, or Assistant Teacher, depending on the location of employment and type of responsibilities.

Employment Outlook Disclosures:

Awards and Certifications



Accreditation and Affiliations

Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

All faculty belong to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and are affiliate members of:

  • MNAEYC - MN Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Faculty are also members of Minnesota ACCESS (faculty of Child Development programs in Associate Degree programs) and participate in Project E-LECT, a child development consortium for online courses in Minnesota.
  • Our program also partners with T.E.A.C.H. ,which provides scholarships for students earning Associate degrees.


An articulation agreement between HTC and the following institutions will facilitate credit transfer of HTC's Child Development A.S. degrees toward a bachelor's degree:  

  • Southwest Minnesota State University: B.S. in Early Childhood Education.
    • This bachelor's degree is the first step to become licensed and teach through the third grade. To learn more about this partnership, please contact Mary Risacher  to schedule a time to visit at either the Brooklyn Park or Eden Prairie campus.
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls: B.S in Early Childhood
    • This program is designed for those who have completed two year degrees and wish to transfer. To learn more aobut this partnership, please contact Angela Whitaker.
  • Concordia University - St Paul: B.S in Early Childhood
    • This program is designed for transfer students who have completed an Associates Degree. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Breck Hansen.

Last updated by Dina.Rogalla : 2020-06-29 11:36:38