Child Development Specialist Concentration

The Occupational Development A.A.S. degree is designed to provide for cooperatively sponsored educational opportunities leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree for students in approved apprenticeship training programs and to provide a mechanism for Mountwest Community & Technical College to deliver educational programs to individuals employed in the Child Development field. 

This program is available only to individuals participating in U.S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program. Occupational Development students must meet all admission and performance standards. Credits earned through either approved apprenticeship programs or through industry-based education and training programs will not be added to the students’ collegiate transcripts until they have completed three program credit hours from Mountwest Community & Technical College and have obtained at least a 2.00 GPA.

What You’ll Learn
A concentration in Child Development Specialist prepares students for employment in daycare centers, Head Start programs and other early childhood learning centers. Components of the program include general education courses, classroom instruction in child development and on-the-job training. Program graduates will possess supervisory skills, computer software skills, relevant essential math skills, and written and oral communication skills. See the current advising sheet for more details.

Credits Required:  60 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

Career Settings
High replacement needs should create good job opportunities for childcare workers. Qualified persons who are interested in this work should have little trouble finding and keeping a job. Opportunities for nannies should be especially good, as many workers prefer not to work in other people’s homes. Employment opportunities include working at childcare centers, as child care supervisors, and as nannies.

Potential Employers

  • Kiwanis Day Care
  • River Cities Child Development
  • YMCA Child Care