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

CDEC 1354Child Growth & Development

3

CDEC 1303Families, Schools, & Community

3

CDEC 1318Wellness of the Young Child

3

CDEC 1319Child Guidance

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring

CDEC 1164Practicum-Child Development

1

CDEC 1321The Infant & Toddler

3

CDEC 1359Children With Special Needs

3

CDEC 2407Math & Science for Early Childhood

4

ENGL 1301Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Sophomore Year

Fall

CDEC 1356Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 1358Creative Arts for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 2341The School Age Child

3

MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)

3

OR

MATH 1314College Algebra

3

CDEC 2426Administration of Programs for Children I

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring

CDEC 1265Practicum-Child Development

2

CDEC 2428Administration of Programs for Children II

4

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

COSC 1301Introduction to Computing

3

Approved Language / Philosophy / Culture or Creative Arts

3

Total Credit Hours:16

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