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Child Development Careers Department Overview


Make a Difference in the Lives of Children
Early childhood education is an exciting career for people who are passionate about helping children learn and grow.  The Child Development Careers program will prepare you to be a professional in a variety of early childhood and educational settings. You’ll learn skills such as guidance techniques, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, curriculum planning, enhancing literacy and interpersonal communication. Graduates may pursue positions such as early childhood teachers, director, site coordinator, or as paraprofessionals within a school system. 

South Central College’s AS degree in Child Development has a seamless transfer of credits in a partnership with Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall to work towards a Bachelor’s degree in a Birth to 3rd Grade Licensure Program. Our AAS degree in Child Development offers a seamless transfer to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, with or without certification.

The Child Development program is designed to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students with many courses offered online.  On campus courses may be offered in the morning, late afternoon or early evening.  South Central College would be proud to provide the education necessary for you to become a skilled early childhood professional.  Education for early childhood licensure is provided by South Central College according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services requirements.

The Child Development Careers Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Hands On Activities
  • Small Class Sizes
  • On the Job Experience
  • One-on-One Academic Advising

Core Competencies

  1. Display knowledge of guidance techniques that promote positive adult child relationships.
  2. Understand developmental milestones.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to choose age appropriate activities.
  4. Plan, develop and implement lesson plans.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate physical environments for learning.
  6. Demonstrate techniques for observing, recording and analyzing observations.
  7. Identify and implement techniques of collaboration with parents, colleagues, children and community services.

Department Faculty

Lynn Michel,   Pam Schweim