The Child Development program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of early childhood settings. Courses are designed to meet Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for assistant teachers and teachers in a child care setting. Throughout the program, students will learn about child development, guidance, professional relationships, nutrition, health and safety, cultural sensitivity and techniques for promoting learning in young children. Each level provides either lab, internship or practicum opportunities that allow students to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical experience. The Child Development Program at DCTC is a participant in E-LECT. Through E-LECT (e-learning for early childhood teachers) we are able to offer high quality credit-based child development courses, certificate, diploma and A.A.S./A.S. degree online. This program also meets Associates in Applied Science/A.S. Degree requirements for school district paraprofessionals and Head Start mandates. Students with an A.A.S./A.S. degree can transfer to University of Wisconsin +' Stout or Southwest Minnesota State University to complete their Pre-K-Primary teaching degree or transfer to Metropolitan State University to complete a B.A. in Psychology or B.A.S. in Early Childhood Studies.