Do you enjoy working with children? Are you interested in teaching infants, toddlers or preschool? Child Development might be the program for you!
Child development teachers provide cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth and development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. They focus on whole child development and helping children for later academic and social success. Instructional techniques incorporate playing, problem solving, questioning, and experimenting.
Child development teachers typically do the following:
- Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets language, motor, and social skills
- Organize activities so children can learn about the world and explore interests
- Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
- Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring to the attention of parents
- Keep records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and keep parents informed about their child’s development
About the Program
The Delta College Child Development program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). As a result, the curriculum for the Associate’s Degree is aligned with the standards issued by the NAEYC and involves rigorous assessment and program/peer evaluations.
Delta College’s Child Development program’s foundation includes courses in infant/toddler development, psychology, teaching practicum, childcare program management, and first aid. Your education will include gaining the respect, confidence, and cooperation of children, maintaining discipline, and responding to emergency situations. You will spend 300 hours (over several different courses) working with children in a variety of settings with children ranging in age from birth to eight years.
The Educational Paraprofessional Certificate of Achievement is designed to assist students in obtaining the skills necessary to work as paraprofessionals in pre-K and early elementary classrooms. This certificate stresses the importance of understanding child and family diversity, special needs populations, and developmentally appropriate discipline. By completing the certificate, a student can supplement the Advanced Certificate or Associate in Applied Arts degree or use it to directly gain employment.
The Child Development Advanced Certificate prepares you for a position as an assistant teacher or teacher in early childhood education and care programs. Students learn to plan and implement high quality, developmentally appropriate programs for all ages of children, infants through school-age, in both centers and family child care homes.
The Associate in Applied Arts degree program will focuses on leadership skills that are needed in a director position. Graduates of this degree program will also be qualified to apply for positions as lead teachers and center directors as well as apply for a license for their own child care business.
Careers and Job Outlook
Employment opportunities are available in public and private childcare centers, schools, and state or federal programs such as Head Start. Some child development teachers work the traditional 10-month school year, but most work year round.
An employment growth of 17 percent is projected from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages three to five.
State of Michigan yearly earnings: $26,860
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System
National average earnings: $27,130 (preschool teacher)
Source: 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/ooh.
What are students saying?
"I chose Delta because of the affordable tuition coupled with the quality Childhood Development program. Their course offerings are meaningful and apply directly to the real world of early childhood education."
"After owning and operating a licensed family daycare for 11 years, I began work as a teacher’s aide. After working for a few years, my administrators saw my passion for these children and they encouraged me to further my education at Delta so that I could become a lead teacher."
"I received an offer to become a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher immediately upon obtaining my degree at Delta. I felt very prepared. Now, I welcome Delta early childhood students to complete their practice hours in my classroom!"
Find Out More
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Program Coordinator/Associate Professor