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Child Development

Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

This degree focuses on leadership skills that are needed in a director position. Graduates of this degree program will be qualified to apply for positions as lead teachers and center directors as well as apply for a license for their own childcare business.

Earning Potential

If you enjoy working with children you may find this career path rewarding. Consider transferring on to get a bachelor's degree and increase your earning potential.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $27,900 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Preschool Education Administrator
  • Childcare Worker
  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
    Amazing faculty

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

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About Delta's Program

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.

Our child development program foundation courses include infant and toddler development, psychology, teaching practicum, childcare program management and first aid.


Early Childhood Higher Education Program NAEYC accredidation sealThe Child Development program at Delta College is accredited by:

The Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L Street NW, #500
Washington, DC 20005

The accreditation term runs from July 2012 to July 2019.

Why you should choose Delta

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 with program and peer evaluations.


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


 Transfer opportunities

 One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice!

In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's in Child Development you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring.


Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio

With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.


80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.

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