CHILD DEVELOPMENT CAREERS
- Class Time: Most courses are offered day, evening or online
- Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
- Campus: Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie
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.
Please also become a part of our program early childhood community, by joining our group on the Hennepin Technical College Child Development Facebook page. Read more...
Labs and Classrooms
Hands-on activities are included as part of our courses. It’s important to both understand theory and how to apply it to real-life settings or situations. Course assignments may include interviews with families or teachers, observations of children in different settings, and completion of lesson plans or activities with children.
Practicums are an important part of our program. Practicum experiences require 120 hours of student/child contact, averaging 10-12 hours a week over a semester in an approved setting. These placements are arranged by the college supervisor. For students' convenience, there are options for practicums in a variety of settings and geographical locations.
There are required textbooks and other recommended resources or books. Your instructor will share these with you during the course.
You will also need supplies to create homemade games and activities for children. This may include, but is not limited to, construction paper, scissors, glue, felt, file folders, poster board, markers, crayons, permanent markers, and other materials.
In addition, students are encouraged to become members of NAEYC, an early childhood professional organization.
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. See the following for the requirements:
- A.A.S. E-Folio Rubric
- A.S. E-folio Rubric
- Diploma E-Folio Rubric
- Degree Portfolio Rubric
- Diploma Portfolio Rubric
Job opportunities are available in child care centers, special needs programs, in home care (nanny), family child care, school age care,preschools, recreational, and parent/child programs. Upon completion of an articulated bachelor's degree, there are expanded opportunities in early childhood programs, as well as the ability to teach through third grade in public school systems.
Potential Job Titles
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 Lori Wynia of 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 is designed for those who have completed two year degrees and wish to transfer. To learn more aobut this partnership, please contact Angela Whitaker.
The Child Development Careers advisory committee is comprised of industry professionals and former and current students . The committee meets two to three times a year to provide input on curriculum, evaluate industry trends, review skills needed, and provide a collaborative relationship with the business industry.