The Child Development curricula are designed to provide academic background and practical work experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children. Students completing this program will be qualified to serve as the following: early childhood teachers or assistants, foster parents, paraprofessionals, or, with appropriate work experience, child development center directors. Some courses apply to EC-6 teacher certification. (See General Information, Academic Degrees and Certificates for field of study information.) The AAS degree requires completion of 60 semester hours. All of the courses in the Child Development Administration and Early Childhood Certificate programs may apply to this AAS degree. The Child Development AAS degree is approved for Tech Prep.
Degrees and Certificates
The Child Development curricula are designed to provide academic background and practical work experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children. Students completing this program will be qualified to serve as the following: day care teachers or assistants, foster parents, paraprofessionals, or, with appropriate work experience, childcare center directors. Some courses apply to K-6 teacher certification. (See General Information, Academic Degrees and Certificates for field of study information.) The AAS degree requires completion of 60 semester hours. Most of the courses in the Child Development Administration, Early Childhood, Teacher Assistant/Aide,and the Infant and Toddler Teacher Certificate programs may apply to this AAS degree.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: “No person with a conviction or who is under indictment for, or is the subject of an official criminal complaint alleging violation of any of the crimes listed as a felony against the person or a felony violation of the Texas Controlled Substance Act may be present while children are in care,” therefore the Child Development program is not appropriate for anyone who falls into this category.
The Child Development program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L. Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 2005-4101 (www.naeyc.org).
The associate degree program seeks to sow and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that highly qualified early education professionals are expected to possess if they are to be more effective in their care-giving and teaching efforts.
In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.
TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.
Students will be able to:
- Develop an understanding of child development and learning (Child Development and Learning).
- Examine family and community relationships (Family and Community). Explain the observation, documentation, and assessment process needed to support young children and their families (Observation and Assessment).
- Construct meaningful curriculum from content knowledge in early childhood, using developmentally effective approaches which connect children and their families (Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum).
- Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession (Professionalism).
- Knowing and understanding developmentally effective strategies, tools, and appropriate teaching/learning approaches for early education (Developmentally Effective Approaches).
For the Child Development, AAS degree:
Infant and Toddler Teacher Certificate Level and Early
Childhood Certificate Level II, the Gulf Coast Wage and Job
Growth Projections are: Annual wage $34,287 with a job growth
rate of 24.2% (2012-2022), and 315 annual job openings.
Teacher Assistant / Aide Certificate Level II, the Gulf Coast Wage
and Job Growth Projections are: Annual Wage $20,951 with a
job growth rate of 26.5%(2012-2022) and 900 annual job
Continuing Education Programs
Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.
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