Over the last year, 300+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. As a childcare worker, salaries start around $16,000 for entry-level positions. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)
Working with young children is your passion, but do you have the time or need to commit to a two-year degree? Would you like to focus on core courses in an education field, without a lot of electives? If so, our Child Development diploma will be the perfect niche for your needs.
The Child Development diploma will provide students with a solid core of education courses and beginning elective courses which may then be utilized in a variety of pathways toward other degrees. Students will be gaining professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to benefit them early on to assist in deciding upon an education career goal or assisting them to move up the career ladder in a current child care employment position.
After graduating with this Child Development diploma, recipients will be prepared to work toward the Child Development A.A.S. or Early Childhood Education A.A. degree. All graduates will also be prepared for any number of entry-level positions related to the child care profession.
The program objectives for this diploma will follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as follows:
- Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
- Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
- Standard 3: Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
- Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
- Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College’s Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Child Development program.