Child development professionals specialize in the early education and care of children ages 0–5 years old.
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Why choose Child Development?
- Contribute to the safe, nurturing & healthy care of children
- Gain hands-on experience at our Children's Center, which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Learn the theory & best practices of child development that will give you an advantage in finding a job
- Take courses in all areas of child development, including the 2 courses that lead to state licensure (which does not expire) for a director of a child care center.
Prepare for what you will do at work
- Advocate for the rights of children
- Encourage healthy growth & development of the whole child, including physical, cognitive, emotional & social development
- Ensure safe environments when working with children
- Develop interactions, hands-on experiences & creative activities to maintain an enriching learning environment
- Address the needs of each child by implementing developmentally appropriate practices
Marketable skills you will learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- Computer literacy
Before you enroll, think about:
You must love children and want the best for them.
- Texas Success initiative (TSI) requirements:
- Certificate programs: You will need to pass the Reading and Writing sections.
- Degree program: You will also need to pass the Math section.
- Course sequence: Our degree program includes 4 courses that must be completed in a specific sequence. Talk to an advisor before enrolling in classes to be sure to take these courses in the right order.
- Lab hours: Several of our courses require 4-8 hours a week of Lab. We can often work with you if you are employed during the day, but you must talk to your instructor to make arrangements before the semester begins.
You must complete field experience and laboratory hours. If you do not meet the required hours within a given semester, you will not pass the course.
Field experience helps you see the relationships between theory and practice.
You gain hands-on experience as you:
- Observe master teachers
- Develop professional and personal strengths
- Acquire essential skills necessary to become a teacher
Criminal Background Checks
You will be required to undergo a criminal background check to enroll in field experience courses and some laboratory courses. A criminal history check will be repeated once a year for every student enrolled in 1 of these courses.
Some courses will also require an additional fee for finger printing.
Need a boost to get ready for college?
Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.
Degrees & Certificates
We are currently applying for national accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Program Outcomes Data
Number of Program Completers
|Academic Year||Number of program completers||% of program completers attending full-time at time of completion||% of program completers attending part-time at time of completion|
|2019–2020||16||4/16 or 25%||12/16 or 75%|
|2018–2019||20||4/20 or 20%||16/20 or 80%|
|2017–2018||17||4/17 or 24%||13/17 or 76%|
Program Completion Rate
|Academic year in which a fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program||% of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published time frame||% of those candidates who completed the program within 200% (twice) of the published time frame|
|Started in 2014||0/30 or 0%||0/30 or 0%|
|Started in 2015||2/33 or 6.1%||2/33 or 6.1%|
|Started in 2016||3/23 or 13%||3/23 or 13%|
Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate
|Academic Year||% of part-time candidates enrolled in the program (% of total enrollment)||Retention rate among part-time candidates||% of full-time candidates enrolled in the program (% of total enrollment)||Retention rate among full-time candidates|
Standards & Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)
For each PLO, see our corresponding course(s) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standard(s).
PLO 1: Knowledge of practices that promote quality development
Students will produce a Case Study showing the development of a child in the areas of physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development. Students will earn a grade of 80% or higher on the case study in this course. (TECA–1354) (NAEYC Standard 1)
PLO 2: Respectful and responsible relationships with diverse families and communities
Students will produce a portfolio as a reflection of their field experience. Students will earn a grade of 80% or higher on the portfolio in this course. (TECA–1303) (NAEYC Standard 2)
PLO 3: Observation
Students will produce a portfolio that demonstrates observation, documentation, and assessment techniques as a reflection of their field experience from observing in preschool and elementary classrooms. Students will earn a grade of 80% or higher on the portfolios in these courses. (TECA–1311 & TECA–1318) (NAEYC Standard 3)
PLO 4: Appropriate approaches
Students will successfully create and implement activities in large group and small group situations with young children. Students will earn 80% or above on 80% of implemented activities in this course. (CDEC–1413) (NAEYC Standards 4 & 5)
PLO 5: Guidance Techniques
Students will describe and evaluate guidance techniques that they observe in their lab experiences. Students will earn 80% or above on 80% or more of Observation Reports submitted in this course. (CDEC–1419) (NAEYC Standard 4)
PLO 6: Ethical behavior
Students will choose the best resolution in simulated ethical situations they are required to solve. Students will earn 80% or above on this assignment. (TECA–1311) (NAEYC Standard 6)
PLO 7: Advocate for the rights
Students will produce a resource binder that includes materials and sources to help families and children with special needs. Students will earn 80% or above on the resource binder. (TECA–1359) (NAEYC Standard 6)
PLO 8: Effective communication
Students will implement a unit in a preschool classroom that requires effective communication with the children, their teammates and the children’s parents. Students will earn a 80% or higher on the implementation of their unit. (CDEC–2386) (NAEYC Standard 2)
|Course||Assessment||Standard||Semester of data||Results|
|TECA–1354||Case Study||80% or higher||Summer 2021||90% of students earned 80% or better on the Case Study|
|TECA–1303||Portfolio from Field Experience||80% or higher||Summer 2021||58% of the students earned 80% or better on their Field Experience Portfolio|
|TECA–1311||Portfolio||80% or higher||Spring 2021||68% of the students earned 80% or higher on their Alternative Portfolio|
|TECA–1318||Portfolio||80% or higher||Spring 2021||86% of students earned 80% or higher on their Wellness Portfolio|
|CDEC–1413||Activity Plans||80% or higher on 80% of the Activity Plans||Fall 2020||90% of the students earned 80% or higher on all Activity Plans|
|CDEC–1419||Observation Reports||80% or higher on 80% of the Reports||Summer 2021||86% of students earned 80% or higher on their six Observation Reports|
|TECA–1311||Ethical simulation||80% or higher||Spring 2021||90% of the students earned 80% or higher on their Exam involving Ethical Standards|
|CDEC–1359||Exceptionality Resource File||80% or higher||Summer 2021||75% of the students earned 80% or higher on the Exceptionality Resource File|
|CDEC 2386||Implementation of unit||80% or higher||Spring 2021||93% of students earned 80% or higher on Unit Implementation|
How Much Time & Money to Finish?
|Degree or Certificate||Program Title||Hours||Total Tuition & Fees|
|CRT1||After School Provider||26||$1,664|
|CRT1||Preschool Child Care Provider||27||$1,728|
|CRT2||Child Care Administration||39||$2,496|
- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.
Earn More Choices & More Money
Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.
While our program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce, you may be ready to work toward:
- Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences in Child and Family Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Child Development
- Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science
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Updated September 09, 2021