|Early Childhood & Youth Development - A.S. Degree||60 cr.||Rosemount | Online|
|Early Childhood & Youth Development - A.A.S. Degree||60 cr.||Rosemount | Online|
|Child Life Assistant - A.A.S. Degree||60 cr.||Rosemount | Online|
|Early Childhood & Youth Development - Diploma||33 cr.||Rosemount | Online|
|Early Childhood & Youth Development - Certificate||18 cr.||Rosemount | Online|
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There is a wide variety of career opportunities for working in the field of Early Childhood & Youth Development. These professions are projected to increase. All of the following outcomes require a clear MN Criminal Background Study.
Early Childhood & Youth Development A.S./A.A.S. Degree: This program prepares students for employment in a variety of early childhood and youth settings. Courses meet Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for assistant teachers and teachers in a child care setting. Students learn about child development, guidance, professional relationships, nutrition, health and safety, cultural sensitivity and techniques for promoting learning in young children. This program is available in the classroom and most courses are also available online.
Child Life Assistant A.A.S. Degree: This program delivers knowledge and skills necessary for working with children in hospitalized settings or with health care needs. Child life assistants are part of the team responsible for supporting children and families through health care experiences and helping them effectively cope by using developmental play and normalized activities in their environment. This program is available in the classroom and most courses are also available online.
Early Childhood & Youth Development Diploma: This program prepares individuals who would like to work in a child care center or preschool as a lead teacher or in a family child care program. This program is available in the classroom and many courses are also available online.
Early Childhood & Youth Development Certificate: This program prepares individuals for work in a child care center or preschool as an assistant teacher or in a family child care program. This program is available in the classroom and online.
National Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program: This certificate provides knowledge of learning environments, principles of child development and behavior, working with families, child health and safety, and professionalism. It fulfills the training requirement for the National CDA credential. This certificate is available online.
This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.
|Early Childhood & Youth Development
A.S. Degree – 60 credits
|Early Childhood & Youth Development
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
|Child Life Assistant
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
|Personal Property Fee||$175||$100||$0|
|Early Childhood & Youth Development
Diploma – 33 credits
|Early Childhood & Youth Development
Certificate – 18 credits
|Personal Property Fee||$100||$50|
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I was interested in exploring career options within the early childhood education field and liked the variety of programs that were offered. Many of the courses in the program would also transfer over to another college. I liked the flexibility provided by being able to choose on-campus, online and hybrid courses to fit around my family’s schedule. I appreciated the expertise and supportive mentoring of my instructors and valued their eagerness to help me succeed in gaining internships, employment, etc. The lab room that is available for students to create their curriculum materials is also fantastic!
I appreciate the fact that I graduated from the program feeling I had a wealth of practical knowledge, as well as useful materials to use ahead. I felt prepared to succeed in my choice of career. I continually drawn upon what I have learned in my role as Child Life Associate on a daily basis. Everything I learned comes naturally as I strive to meet the needs of our patients and families, which is a testament to the quality of education I received at DCTC.
The Early Childhood & Youth Development teachers made the classes and the environment fun. I felt comfortable and the classes I took were some of the best I've ever taken. I enjoyed the connections and friendships I made in the classroom.
One thing people don't realize about DCTC is that everyone is so friendly. It's a very easy-going campus that makes it so you can do what you want to be doing. The education I received at DCTC helped me open my own successful business just six months after graduating.
I would tell other students thinking about the Early Childhood & Youth Development program to do it. It's a great program with awesome instructors who help you build your confidence and give you the tools and materials you need to be successful in the field. It's a great opportunity and experience to meet new people and learn skills you never knew you had. I am glad that I picked DCTC. I would do it again if I had the chance because I enjoyed the program that much!
The support I received from my instructors played a crucial role in my success. Dawn and Jill continued to support me through every decision I had to make. It did not matter if it was a decision that was school related or family related. I am forever grateful for this support.
When I was hired for my first employment in the field of Early Childhood, my boss knew the level of education I was receiving. This led me to a lead teacher position. When I interviewed for my second location within the field, I brought my portfolio filled with projects, lesson plans, educational ideas and my school accomplishments. All these items I presented allowed me to gain the assistant teacher position within a Head Start location. The professors always presented to the students the best manner of practice in each and every class. These best practices also have led to my success. I have recommended the school to various individuals within my field. I have always stated that the school has integrity, support, small classes and fabulous teaching standards.
I went to St. Cloud for a couple of years and didn't love my program. I felt like this tiny little thing in this big, huge school. I chose DCTC because it seemed very personable. I came in and got a tour. I was looking at the Child Life program and Dawn told me her personal story of why she decided to start the program here. I love it here — every part of it! We do projects that you will use in the future. We're building our portfolio with every class that we have. Everyone knows me by my first name. It's just a wonderful, welcoming environment in the Early Childhood program. There's not a lot of busy work — you're going to see how your work here is going to affect your career later on. We have many classes that get you out into the field. You get to experience aspects of everything through the classes.
Many of us received scholarships to go to the MnAEYC-MnSACA State Early Childhood Conference. It was an amazing experience and a great way to network! I also received the Karen Ames Scholarship and a Student Life scholarship which covered over half of my tuition! If you work in an early childhood program already, there are other opportunities to save money as well. It's very affordable here! I just love it and would recommend it to anyone!
Early Childhood & Youth Development professionals work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children/youth, and children with differing abilities in homes, schools, and community centers/agencies. Other career options include child advocacy and social service. Child Life Assistants may work in clinical and non-clinical settings with young children or youth who have special health needs.
According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for in the Early Childhood & Youth Development industry is expected to grow up to 20.4 percent in the U.S. and 24.6 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020.
CAREERwise on child care workers: "There is a continuing trend for parents to put their children in day care. There should be an increased demand for child care workers, especially for those who take care of infants." CAREERwise on preschool teachers: "Besides the expected job growth, many preschool and kindergarten teachers will leave the occupation or retire. This will result in many more openings each year."
Acquiring a solid, industry-driven education in child behavior, developmental activities and health and safety gives DCTC early childhood & youth development students a powerful competitive advantage. More than ninety percent of our early childhood & youth development grads find employment in the field.
Graduates spend most of their day working with children and provide them basic care, opportunities to learn and help them build self-esteem. The work environment may be in a day care, school or health care setting.
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
|Transfer To||Degree||Major Offered|
|Metropolitan State University||BAS||Early Childhood Studies||View|
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Early Childhood & Youth Development program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as accomplishments of our early childhood & youth development instructors.
Check out the Early Childhood & Youth Development blog.
View Dawn Braa's LinkedIn page, ECYD Instructor.
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View Dawn Braa's Twitter feed, ECYD Instructor.
As a student in DCTC's Early Childhood and Youth Development program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the child care industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Child Care Association (NCCA)
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL)
National Head Start Association (NHSA)
Child Care Aware-MN
DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Early Childhood and Youth Development students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the interior design field. The following clubs are open to all ECYD students:
Early Childhood and Youth Development Club
The Early Childhood and Youth Development student club "Cares for Kids." This club serves students by building connections and resources between ECYD students while also providing information to DCTC students regarding children and quality early childhood programs. The ECYD club will offer volunteer opportunities for serving DCTC's local communities.
Membership is open to all currently enrolled DCTC students. Students in the Early Childhood and Youth Development and/or Child Life Assistant programs are highly encouraged to participate in the club.
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.
In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.