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Child Development, Associate of Applied Science

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Division / Department: Human Services & Education / Child Studies & Education
  • Degree Code: CD.CD.AAS
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The curriculum in the Child Development program is designed to prepare individuals for careers in human services agencies. Students completing the program may serve in child care agencies or programs as caregivers/teachers, directors or supervisors, foster parents, or para-professionals in educational systems. The course work provides academic background and practical workplace experience.

A grade of C or higher in all Child Development classes in the selected curriculum is required for graduation.

Marketable Skills

1. Graduates will be able to effectively collaborate within the diverse education workforce. (TW, COM)

2. Graduates will have the ability to communicate professionally with families, employers, and the community using oral and written methods appropriate to the situation (face-to-face, email, social media, etc). (COM, PR, SR)


Graduates will be equipped to use innovation, critical thinking, and data analysis, as educators, to make decisions regarding curriculum, instructional strategies, planning, referrals and guidance. (CT, EQS, PR, SR)


Graduates will be prepared to act as an advocate, engaging in conversations about how local, state, federal and legislative decisions influence children, families and the educational system. (CT, COM, TW, PR, SR)

5. Graduates will be equipped to appropriately handle confidential matters and make ethical decisions regarding children and families. (CT, PR, SR)

Semester I

TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3 hours
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3 hours
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs 3 hours
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3 hours
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3 hours
15 hours

Semester II

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3 hours
CDEC 1321 The Infant & Toddler 3 hours
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3 hours
CDEC 2307 Math & Science for Early Childhood 3 hours
15 hours

Semester III

ENGL 1302 Composition II 3 hours
TECA 1303 Families, School and Community 3 hours
TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3 hours
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours
CDEC 1359 Children With Special Needs or
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations
3 hours
15 hours

Semester IV

CDEC 2341 The School-Age Child 3 hours
CDEC 2364 Practicum in Child Development 3 hours
Mathematics (college-level) 3 hours
Creative Arts elective 3 hours
Speech elective 3 hours
15 hours
Total hours:60 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century) 3 hours
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present) 3 hours
DRAM 1310 Theater Appreciation 3 hours
DRAM 2361 History of Theater I 3 hours
DRAM 2362 History of Theater II 3 hours
DRAM 2366 Film Appreciation 3 hours
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1307 Music Literature 3 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours


MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 hours
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry 3 hours
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1325 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3 hours
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 3 hours
MATH 1350 Mathematics for Teachers I (Fundamentals of Mathematics I) 3 hours
MATH 1351 Mathematics for Teachers II (Fundamentals of Mathematics II) 3 hours
MATH 1414 College Algebra (Stem Intensive) 4 hours
MATH 2305 Discrete Mathematics 3 hours
MATH 2318 Linear Algebra 3 hours
MATH 2320 Differential Equations 3 hours
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4 hours
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4 hours
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4 hours
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4 hours


COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3 hours
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication 3 hours