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Child Development

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

Delta's 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 childcare homes.

Earning Potential

If you enjoy working with children you may find this career path rewarding.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $16,300 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Childcare Worker
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Preschool Education Administrator
  • Career advisor working with student.
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About Delta's Program

Delta College’s child development program foundation courses include infant and toddler development, psychology, teaching practicum, childcare program management and first aid. Your education in child development 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 from birth to age eight in a variety of settings.


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.

Program costs

Total credits: 37

Fee Cost
In-district tuition and fees $4,482.50
Out-district tuition and fees $7,185
Books and supplies $2,405

*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Program requirements

All CD 110W, CD 113W, CD 115W and CD 117W students must complete the following and submit the appropriate documentation to the program coordinator:

1.    TB Skin Test. You must submit evidence of freedom from communicable tuberculosi
2.    Criminal background check
3.    DHS Child Abuse/Neglect clearance check
4.    Employment and volunteer contract (practicum agreement)

In addition, a Child Development information session is held in December, April and August. Students must attend one of these sessions. Be sure you notify Academic Advising Office to state your major as CD.

CD 110W and CD 113W each require 30 hours of volunteer work at a licensed childcare program. CD 115W requires 90 hours and CD 117W requires 150 hours of teaching in a licensed program other than your current employment site. CD 115W and CD 117W must be unpaid and outside of your work schedule. More information will be given at the information sessions.

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 and 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.


Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!


 Study abroad

Want to travel and see the world? You can do that at Delta. And get college credit while you do. Every year Delta offers study abroad opportunities.

Why study abroad?

  • Experience a new culture
  • Improve your foreign language skills
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Find new interests
  • Looks good on job applications
  • Personal growth


Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio

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

Apple and diploma

95% of our professors have a master’s degree or higher.

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Delta College offers over 150 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs: