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Child Development, A.S.

Locations:  Granite Falls. Links to:
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This degree is designed for students planning to enter the job market after completion of the program or to continue their education. The program is designed to transfer for a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Included in the course of study are a minimum of 30 transfer-level general education credits and 30 occupational credits. In conjunction with lab school/ field experience, the course work prepares students as Child Development professionals for a variety of settings. The courses meet the Minnesota Department of Human Services requirements for child care professionals. The Minnesota Department of Human Services will check the background of each applicant to ensure that there is no record of child maltreatment.

  1. Successful completion of 60 credits of which at least 15 must be earned at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.
  2. A grade point average of 2.0 ("C") or better.
  3. A minimum of 30 credits from at least 6 of the 10 goal areas in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  Required general education categories are listed below:
    1. Communications - a minimum of 9 credits
      1. ENGL 1101 Composition I, (3) required
      2. ENGL 1102 Composition II, (3) required
      3. SPCH 1101 Speech (3), required
    2. Science/Math - a minimum of 3 credit
      1. MATH 1111 College Algebra (3) suggested
    3. Behavior/Social Science
      1. PSYC 1101 Intro to Psychology (4) required OR                                  
        PSYC 1150 Dev Psychology (3)
      2. SOC 1101 Intro to Sociology (3) required
    4. Humanities a minimum of 3 credits
  4. Career courses: Fulfill a minimum of 30 credits in technical core courses including those listed in the table below:
Foundations of Child Development 2
Foundations of Child Dev. Lab 1
Health, Nutrition & Safety 2
Health, Nutrition & Safety Lab 1
Guidance 2
Guidance lab 1
Creative Activities w/lab 4
Planning & Implementing w/lab 4
Infant/Toddler Development w/lab 4
Special Needs 2
Autism 1
  Choose 2 of the following courses:  
Family & Community Relations 3
Introduction to Education w/lab 3
Language & Lit. Learning for E.C. 3
Suggested General Education Electives: NSCI 1100 Issues in the Environment, ART 1120 Art Appreciation, MUSC 1105 Enjoying Music, HIST 1111 Western Civilization I, ART 2240 Art History, GEOG 1100 Geography, BIOL 1110 Principles of Biology.

Updated: si 4/15/16