Child Development

child DevelopmentMake a Difference in the Lives of Children

Early childhood education is a rewarding career for people who are passionate about helping children learn and grow. If you want to work with pre-school and early elementary school children, the Child Development Careers program at South Central College will prepare you to work in a variety of early childhood and educational settings. After completing the Child Development Careers program, many graduates work as early childhood teachers, directors or site coordinators, school system paraprofessionals or as independent daycare providers.

This program is focused on specific areas of study that are pertinent to a strong academic foundation of early childhood theory and practice. By learning and understanding the developmental milestones and maturity markers that occur as a child grows, you will be able to confidently help lead children in their early influential years. The program’s purpose also includes teaching skills like positive behavioral guidance, health and safety guidelines for young children and assessment of children and their environments.

At South Central College, you will benefit from the many advantages that a community college has to offer while working toward your degree. Smaller class sizes, individualized attention from experienced instructors and greater affordability are just a few reasons that make SCC an excellent college choice.

Should you decide to continue on with your education after graduating from SCC, the Associate of Science degree in Child Development Careers offers a seamless transfer of credits toward a Bachelor’s degree in a Birth to 3rd Grade Licensure program at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The AAS degree in Child Development Careers can be transferred seamlessly to the University of Wisconsin- River Falls to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, with or without certification.

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring Semester
South Central College Credentials: Industry Credentials: The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers and Twos, The Creative Curriculum® Foundations for Preschool, The Creative Curriculum® Systems for Preschool, Teaching Strategies GOLD®
Location: Faribault and North Mankato Campus


The Child Development Careers Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Learning Environment & Curriculum
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Infant Toddler & Preschool Development

Employment Outlook
The need for high-quality early childhood care and early elementary care for children has produced a significant demand for well-educated and skillfully-trained early childhood educators.  


Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 2,494 2,522 1% $9.21 $19,156
State 37,530 37,756 1% $10.46 $21,577

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Child Development Grads Placed*

85% 89% 96% 95% 58%

Child Development Grads Continuing Education+

36% 30% 46% 41% 49%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 


LindaSantibanez“I’m so thankful for SCC. After finishing at South Central College, I started my Early Childhood Education (Bachelor’s) degree at SMSU. I am looking forward to the rest of my journey to one day become a teacher and to make a difference in the lives of children.”
Linda Santibanez

Program Advisors
Lynn Michel
(507) 389-7325
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Pam Schweim
(507) 389-7467
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