Child Development Practicum

The Child Development curriculum prepares students to provide developmentally appropriate care to young children. Students learn to be sensitive to and respectful of the needs of children and their families. The discipline also prepares students for the early childhood work environment. Professionalism, ethics, and appropriate teaching and guidance methods are taught as well as practiced through 300 hours of practicum experience.

Students enrolled in the Delta College Child Development Program are required to be of good moral character and be able to obtain the proper health and safety documentation.

Child Development Practicum

A practicum is a required experience working with children in a specific early childhood setting. Fieldwork is required for certain CD classes (see below) and each will have particular requirements in terms of age group, setting and/or program type. More information will be provided for each fieldwork experience required. 

Students are required to secure their own practicum sites, based on their geographic location and career goals, while following the site requirements for each course as described above. Students should select several possible site options as soon as possible and directly contact the program or teacher personally. Introduce yourself as a Delta College practicum student and then detail the type of classroom setting you are looking to volunteer in.

Our students have been participating in practicums across several neighboring counties for many years and are familiar with what you are needing to do. Your individual instructor will also provide paperwork for you to share with your mentor teacher at the beginning of each course/semester.

Courses that Require a Practicum

    • CD110
      • 3 hrs. /wk. x 10 wks. = 30 hrs. 
      • infant/toddler 2 & under
      • can be a co-requisite with CD113
    • CD113
      • 3 hrs. /wk. x 10 wks. = 30 hrs.
      • PreKindergarten-3rd grade; ages 3-8
      • can be a co-requisite with CD110
    • CD115
      • 9 hrs. /wk. x 10 wks. = 90 hrs.
      • PreKindergarten – Kindergarten; ages 3-5
      • center or school
    • CD117
      • 12 hrs. /wk. x 13 wks. = 150 hrs.
      • Head Start, Great Start Readiness, Kindergarten
      • public or parochial

Required Documentation

Paperwork to be submitted once at the beginning of fieldwork experiences:

    • Copy of Michigan Driver’s License or State ID 
    • Criminal History Release Form
    • Hepatitis B vaccination waiver
    • CD Practicum Application
    • Bloodborne Pathogens training certificate

Ethical Code of Conduct and Commitment

Students in the Child Development program commit to following the Delta College Student Code of Ethical Conduct, Student Integrity of Academic Work and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct (PDF).

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