Child Development

Program LengthFour semesters


Potential Salary Range$8,840 – $16,640


The Child Development program provides the student an in-depth opportunity to study the overall development of the child. This program is designed to give the student a practical working knowledge of the child.  This program is offered completely on-line.  The Child Development Program is designed to prepare students to make a positive difference in the growing field of early childhood education. This program prepares successful graduates with the knowledge to understand the needs of young children, including children with special needs and the resources 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.


A.A.S. Child Development
A.A.S. Child Development Developmental Disabilities (MSSLC)
Child Development Certificate
Child Development Developmental Disabilities Certificate


CDEC 1303  Family and the Community
CDEC 1311   Introduction to Early Childhood Education
CDEC 1318  Nutrition, Health, and Safety
CDEC 1319   Child Guidance
CDEC 1321   The Infant and Toddler
CDEC 1327   RT5 Intro. to Active Treatment
CDEC 1354   Child Growth and Development
CDEC 1358   RT13 Learning Activities
CDEC 1359   Children with Special Needs
CDEC 1364   Practicum in Child Development I
CDEC 1365   Practicum in Child Development II
CDEC 1371   Dormitory Administration
CDEC 1372   Interdisciplinary Team
CDEC 1395   Special Topics in Early Childhood Provider
CDEC 1413   Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs
CDEC 1419   RT2 Introduction to Training and Documentation
CDEC 1456   Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood
CDEC 1457   Math & Science for Early Childhood
CDEC 1458   Creative Arts for Early Childhood
CDEC 2326   Administration of Programs for Children I
CDEC 2341   The School Age Child
CDEC 2407   Math & Science for Early Childhood
CDEC 2464   Mentoring for Mental Retardation Workers
CDEC 2467   Practicum in Child Development and Early Childhood
PMHS 1301   Pre-Service Training
SCWK 2331   Abnormal Behavior


Childcare Director
Childcare Teacher
Childcare Assistant
Childcare Worker
School Teacher Aide
Foster Parent


Child Development Certificate Program (.pdf)
Child Development- Development Disabilities Certificate (.pdf)


National Association for Child Development
Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies



Judy Cutting, Executive Dean
Bain Center, Room 101
Brad Richardson, Dean
Bain Center, Room 101
Lisa Cook – Dept Chair
Bain Center, Room 335


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**Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Cost does not include lab fees, additional fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2015 tuition chart here