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Working As A Child Development Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $50,961

    Average Salary

What Does A Child Development Specialist Do

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

Duties

Training and development specialists typically do the following:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of vendors and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they are current and effective
  • Select and assign instructors or vendors to conduct training
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Training and development specialists create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization. Once those needs are determined, specialists develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held electronic devices.

Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training also may be collaborative, which allows employees to connect informally with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through the use of technology.

Training and development specialists may monitor instructors, guide employees through media-based programs, or facilitate informal or collaborative learning programs.

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How To Become A Child Development Specialist

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree, and most need related work experience.

Education

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists may have a variety of education backgrounds, but many have a bachelor’s degree in training and development, human resources, education, or instructional design. Others may have a degree in business administration or a social science, such as educational or organizational psychology.

In addition, as technology continues to play a larger role in training and development, a growing number of organizations seek candidates who have a background in information technology or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is important for most training and development specialists. Many positions require work experience in areas such as training and development or instructional design, or in related occupations, such as human resources specialists or even teachers.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates with previous work experience in the industry in which the company operates. However, some employers may hire candidates with a master’s degree in lieu of work experience. Increasingly, employers prefer candidates with experience in information technology, as organizations introduce more e-learning, mobile training, and technology-based tools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many human resources associations offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. Although not required, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Advancement

Training and development specialists may advance to training and development manager or human resources manager positions. Workers typically need several years of experience to advance. Some employers require managers to have a master’s degree in a related area.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Training and development specialists must evaluate training programs, methods, and materials, and choose those that best fit each situation.

Creativity. Specialists should be creative when developing training materials. They may need to think of and implement new approaches, such as new technology, when evaluating existing training methods.

Instructional skills. Training and development specialists often deliver training programs to employees. They use a variety of teaching techniques and sometimes must adapt their methods to meet the needs of particular groups.

Interpersonal skills. Specialists need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires collaboration with instructors, trainees, and subject-matter experts. They accomplish much of their work through teams.

Speaking skills. Speaking skills are essential for training and development specialists because they often give presentations. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.

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Child Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

82.8%

Male

15.5%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.6%

Portuguese

3.2%

French

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Chinese

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Bengali

1.6%
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Child Development Specialist Education

Schools

Central Connecticut State University

10.5%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

University of Connecticut

6.4%

Grand Canyon University

6.4%

Arizona State University

5.8%

California State University - Northridge

5.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.8%

Ashford University

5.2%

Capella University

5.2%

National University

4.7%

Duquesne University

4.7%

Fort Valley State University

4.7%

West Virginia University

4.1%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.5%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.5%

National Louis University

3.5%

Community College of Allegheny County

3.5%

University of Utah

2.9%

Walden University

2.9%

Post University

2.9%
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Majors

Psychology

13.8%

Human Development

13.3%

Social Work

11.6%

Early Childhood Education

7.2%

Education

6.3%

Special Education

5.2%

Elementary Education

4.8%

Counseling Psychology

4.7%

Business

4.5%

School Counseling

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Human Services

3.5%

Sociology

3.3%

Mental Health Counseling

3.2%

Nursing

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.0%

Family Therapy

2.0%

Clinical Psychology

1.7%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.5%

Communication

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

37.2%

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

13.4%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Child Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Child Development Specialist McRory Pediatric Services CA Sep 30, 2010 $62,000
Child Development Specialist McCrory Pediatric Services CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Child Development Specialist Axis Point Alternative Solutions, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Apr 13, 2012 $53,581
Child Development Specialist Niro, Inc. Coral Springs, FL Sep 28, 2013 $42,784
Child Development Specialist/Quality Improvement Coach Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. Washington, DC May 15, 2015 $40,000
Child Development Specialist/Quality Improvement Coach Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. Washington, DC Jul 15, 2015 $40,000
Child Development Specialist Axis Point Alternative Solutions, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Jul 16, 2012 $31,430
Child Development Specialist Mosaic Early Childhood Center Skokie, IL Apr 09, 2012 $30,000
Child Development Specialist Life Steps Foundation Inc. San Luis Obispo, CA Oct 01, 2012 $29,218

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Top Skills for A Child Development Specialist

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  1. Child
  2. Developmental Delays
  3. OLD Children
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  • Supervised children during visitation with parents.
  • Provide Developmental Intervention therapy to families and children with developmental delays such as in speech or in cognition.
  • Created and implemented curriculum by planning, evaluating and assessing child and family development.
  • Developed curriculum, implemented curriculum and evaluated curriculum for an infant/toddler classroom as the Child Development Specialist/Infant-toddler Head Teacher.
  • Provided guidance and training to milieu staff for modeled crisis intervention and behavioral modification plan.

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