Child Development - AAS

PROGRAM INFORMATION: The Child Development Program is designed to help prepare students to make a positive difference in the growing field of childcare. This program helps prepare successful graduates with the ability to understand the needs of young children including children with special needs and the ability to develop appropriate learning environments for them. Criteria for quality early childhood programs developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have been incorporated into course content. The Associate of Applied Science Degree and three certificates are offered. Every student must complete and pass a background check, and be accepted into a licensed child care program to participate in classroom observations required by various courses in the program.

Students should contact the Department Chair for information on requirements for external learning hours.

Freshman Year

Fall

CDEC 1311Educating Young Children

3

OR

TECA 1311Educating Young Children

3

CDEC 1354Child Growth & Development

3

OR

TECA 1354Child Growth & Development

3

CDEC 1303Families Schools & Community

3

OR

TECA 1303Families, School & Community

3

CDEC 1318Wellness of the Young Child

3

OR

TECA 1318Wellness of the Young Child

3

ENGL 1301Composition I

3

CDEC 1192Special Topics in Child Development

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring

CDEC 1321The Infant & Toddler

3

CDEC 1359Children With Special Needs

3

CDEC 1164Practicum

1

CDEC 1413Curriculum Resources Early Childhood

4

CDEC 1319Child Guidance

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Sophomore Year

Fall

CDEC 1356Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 2407Math/Science Early Childhood

4

Approved Language / Philosophy / Culture or Creative Arts

3

MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)

3

OR

MATH 1314College Algebra

3

Approved Social / Behavioral Science

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring

CDEC 1265Practicum-Child Development

2

CDEC 1358Creative Arts for Early Childhood

3

COSC 1301Introduction to Computing

3

CDEC 2341The School Age Child

3

CDEC 2326Admin Programs for Child I

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Students should contact the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services for information on requirements to direct childcare centers.