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Program Details

Program specifics about earning an Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Certificate at Northland.

This program provides the knowledge and skills to work with young children and their families. Coursework in the areas of child growth & development, guidance, nutrition, health & safety, as well as learning environments, provide graduates a foundation to continue their education or career in the field of early childhood education.

Completing this 18-credit certificate meets the requirements for family childcare providers as identified in Minnesota Department of Human Services Rule 9502.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Learner Outcomes

1. Support child development and learning by identifying the unique developmental characteristics and needs of children birth to age eight.
2. Create instructional strategies to create culturally relevant learning activities that nurture cognitive, physical, social/emotional, and language development.
3. Recognize the importance of an appropriate, safe, healthy learning environment.
4. Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of professional standards, associations, licensures, and related laws governing early childhood education.