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Child Development

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (60 semester credit hours)
  • Certificates:
    • Level 1 (29–30 semester credit hours)
    • Level 2 (45 semester credit hours)
  • Occupational Skills Award: 9 semester credit hours
  • Job opportunities: Careers
  • Full program is offered at: Northeast Campus


Our program is designed for adults interested in the early education and care of young children.

You will prepare to be a lead teacher or director of early care and education programs or to continue your education in the fields of child development, family studies and human development.

We are dedicated to:

  • Advocating for children and families 
  • Preparing knowledgeable and competent early childhood professionals
  • Providing quality educational experiences 
  • Offering special training and support services 

Continue your studies

You can learn the basic skills and knowledge you need to work in the early care and education field by earning a certificate or associate degree.

Or you can build upon your associate degree by pursuing a bachelor's degree.

We have transfer partnerships with these schools:

Program Options



Level 1

Level 2

Special Requirements

Field Experience

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

Laboratory Site

The Children's Center, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, serves as an educational site for our students. Faculty and child development specialists supervise activities.

Criminal Background Checks

A criminal background check will be required to enroll in  EDUC and TECA field experience courses and CDEC laboratory courses. A criminal history check will be repeated once a year for every student enrolled in 1 of these courses.

The following courses will also require an additional fee for finger printing:



Northeast Campus

Lisa Self, Child Development Program Coordinator
817-515- 6915

Field Placement Contact

Amy Rhodes, Instructional Associate
NFAC 1231A

Updated May 14, 2020