Child Development Careers

Program Overview

Our Child Development program offers a holistic approach to understanding the growth and development of children. You’ll be equipped with the skills to foster positive learning environments for children. You’ll gain practical experience and theoretical knowledge, preparing you for a rewarding career in childcare, education, and beyond.

AAS, Certificate, AS, Diploma


Students of color, making us one of the most diverse colleges in Minnesota


Students receive aid and scholarships


Of students continue their education


One year to complete certificate


Program Options

Get started in less than a year with a certificate, or increase your career opportunities with a diploma or AAS degree. Thinking of transferring? Our Transfer Pathway AS degree is a great start. You can also focus on using sign language in an early childhood setting with our ASL AS degree. The choice is yours!

Learn to be a supportive and positive influence.

Learn to be a positive, nurturing influence in a child’s life. This career creates the opportunity to support and advocate for strong, healthy families. Child Development lets you enjoy watching many “first” experiences and ideas when a child discovers something new.

Expand and grow within child care development.

Opportunities exist for students to transfer to a 4-year institution after earning a degree. Our job placement rate is well over 95% in a career that is in high demand.

Attend college with financial assistance.

Scholarship money is available for those who are already in the field and want to earn a degree. Saint Paul College offers various scholarship opportunities for fall, spring, and summer terms. Each year the college awards over $300,000 in scholarships to more than 300 students. Unlike a student loan, a scholarship is a gift that is not paid back.