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Child, Youth, and Family Studies
RCTC's Child, Youth, and Family Studies major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, basic curriculum needed to work in careers with families and children from infancy through youth in a variety of settings. Students gain necessary skills and competencies by observing and working with children in a four-star rated Head Start classroom, as well as through classroom lecture/discussions, projects, observations, and hands-on practical experiences.
Depending on which degree option is selected, coursework may include Child Development; Health, Safety, and Nutrition; Guidance; Observing and Assessing, Child and Youth Issues; Learning Environments, Creative Development Experiences; Multicultural Learning Experiences, or Children and Youth with Special Needs.
Program / Degree Options:
RCTC's Child, Youth, and Family Studies program offers two certificates, diploma, and an A.A.S degree. The 22 credit certificate in Child Development program meets the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) educational requirement for assistant teachers in child care centers. The 32-credit Child Development diploma option meets the minimum (DHS) educational requirements for teachers in child care centers. DHS Rule 3 requires additional work experience for individuals with a certificate or diploma in order to be hired as an assistant teacher or teacher.
The 17 credit Youth Work Certificate prepares students to become youth service workers and youth development practitioners. Students may combine the Youth Work Certificate with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and seek further education to earn a degree in youth studies, child and youth studies, or youth ministry.
RCTC offers three different areas of emphasis within the A.A.S. degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Students can choose to focus on diversity, inclusion and special needs, or youth studies.
Program Start Date(s):
Child Development coursework can be taken any fall, spring, or summer semester. Depending on which degree option selected - students may need to start fall semester in order to complete the degree option in one or two semesters. If taken on a full-time basis, the diploma program can be completed in as little as one year and the A.A.S. degree within two years.
Upon graduation students will be eligible for employment that provides direct services to children, youth, and families. Many graduates are employed in nursery schools, special education programs, Head Start, and schools as paraprofessionals, licensed family child care providers; youth workers, or family service workers, and home visitors. Graduates of the program may seek further education to earn a degree in early childhood education, elementary education, early childhood special education, child development and family studies, youth studies, psychology, or social work.
Gainful Employment Programs
Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”
RCTC gainful employment information for Child Development Diploma and Child Development Certificate:
Articulations / Accreditations:
Rochester Community and Technical College has an articulation agreement with Winona State University that leads to a Bachelor of Teaching degree in Early Childhood Special Education and the Minnesota Early Childhood Special Education Teacher license.
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations
Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Last Updated: October 3, 2013