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Child Development

Do you enjoy working with young children? Are you curious about why children do what they do? Do you have a playful spirit? Do you enjoy change and challenge? If yes, then working in childcare or early childhood education may be the right career for you!

Our Child Development program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a great choice for people interested in working with young children. We offer a range of program options, including short-term certificates and an associate of arts degree program. Whether you want to enter the workforce quickly or pursue advanced college degrees, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a great place to start.

Child Development programs at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College promote the philosophy that one size does not fit all when it comes to teaching and working with young children. Our college students learn why they need to accept young children as unique individuals, each one coming to class with different abilities, levels of development, temperaments, and family situations. It's a concept that helps our students succeed in their careers, and we like to think children appreciate it, too.

Options and Advantages
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers four Child Development certificates and an associate of arts degree. The certificates allow students to acquire knowledge and experience with specific age groups of children. Students have the option of earning one or more certificates. Students may then choose to continue their education by using the credits earned in a certificate program as the foundation of an associate of arts degree or for transfer to four-year degree programs.

  • Certificate Options
  • -Infant and Toddler Child Development
  • -Preschool Child Development
  • -School-Age Child Development
  • -Paraprofessional Educator

The Paraprofessional Educator certificate is perfect for students desiring to work as a paraprofessional or classroom assistant in a variety of early childhood, elementary and secondary school settings.

Career opportunities
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, and students completing our certificate and degree programs go on to work in a wide range of settings. Typical careers requiring at least a certificate or associate-level degree:

  • -Childcare teacher
  • -Childcare center director
  • -Head Start teacher
  • -Family childcare provider
  • -Paraprofessional educator
  • -Camp counselor
  • -School age care
  • -Classroom assistant
  • -Preschool teacher
  • -Child care trainers
  • -Child psychology
  • -Family life specialist

A degree or certificate from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is well-respected by employers. Multicultural experiences are an integral part of learning at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

More than just classes
The mission of the Child Development department is to provide students excellent opportunities for learning experiences that encompass all aspects of child development, and to facilitate and encourage personal application of developmentally appropriate practice in the care and education of children from birth to age eight.

Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge directly through working with children. Hands-on learning situations are an integral part of our programs. Child Development students have the advantage of small class sizes, instructors who have experience working with children, and classes scheduled to meet the needs of working professionals, including online courses.

Our program is built with well-defined phases, meaning students can exit at points along the continuum. Students can choose to earn one or more Child Development certificates. Students may then choose to earn an associate of arts degree, or  transfer to another institution to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree program. It’s a great combination of options, flexibility, and convenience.

Required program courses
The current program planner checklists of required courses to complete the Child Development certificate programs are available for viewing and printing here.

Course descriptions and course outlines are available here.

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

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The following links provide information on program costs, financing and success. Please click on the program name to be directed to the page link.
Infant and Toddler Child Development Certificate
Pre-School Child Development Certificate
School-Age Child Development Certificate
Paraprofessional Educator Certificate 


To receive more information about the Child Development program, contact:
Kathleen Hedberg,
Coordinator of Child Development program

 2101 14th Street       Cloquet, Minnesota 55720       1.800.657.3712       218.879.0800       Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 1.800.627.3529
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