The Child Development program provides two options for students wishing to pursue a career working with young children from birth to age eight, both typically and atypically developing. Students can complete courses for an Associate's degree, which prepares for transfer to a four-year college or university and entry-level career opportunities. Students who do not intend to transfer may opt to pursue courses that prepare them to apply for a Child Development Associate Credential, a non-degree national credential.
The Child Development Associate program is designed to meet the requirements of students transferring to four-year institutions in Child Development or Early Childhood Education. Students who earn an Associate's degree in Child Development are qualified to seek entry-level career opportunities in early care and education, preschool, Head Start, and teaching in some private education programs serving children and families from birth to age 8, both typically and atypically developing.
Further study leading to a baccalaureate degree, especially those programs offering the Blended Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education component, affords career options in elementary education (K-3), special education, and other child-related fields. An Associate's degree meets the general core requirements at all Idaho public universities.
Course selection should be tailored to match requirements as defined by transfer institutions. To ensure appropriate courses are taken, those students intending to pursue the Blended Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education at Idaho transfer institutions should meet with an NIC Child Development advisor upon acceptance into the college.