Child Development
  • Class Time: Day
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus
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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.

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

Potential Job Titles

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure: 

Child Development - 32 credit Diploma


Salaries range from a median wage of $14 an hour for a child care worker to over $50,000 a year for a preschool teacher in a school district.  Source: iseek.org