Program Curriculum- Early Childhood

EARLY CHILDHOOD: CERTIFICATE AND AAS DEGREE

CERTIFICATE: 36‐38 semester credit hours

AAS Degree: 64‐66 semester credit hours

Division of Technology and Business

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Documentation must be provided and/or on file for the following within the first week of your first Early Childhood course:

  1. A signed statement that you have read and agree to abide by the Texas Minimum Standards for day care centers
  2. Criminal History Statement as required by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services – This will be submitted for verification and may include a minimal fee to the student. 

    The following types of criminal convictions permanently bar a student from childcare operations: Felony convictions of an offense under The Texas Penal Code or any like offense under the law of another state or federal law; documentation of a negative TB skin test must be submitted each year while enrolled in the program.
    • Title 4: Inchoate Offenses (Chapter 15 Preparatory Offenses 15.031)
    • Title 5: Offenses Against the Person (Chapter 19, 20, 21, 22)
    • Title 6: Offenses Against the Family (Chapter 25)
    • Title 7: Offenses Against Property (Chapter 29)
    • Title 8: Offenses Against Public Administration (Chapter 38)
    • Title 9: Offenses Against Public Order and Decency (Chapter 42, 43 Subchapter A&B)
    • Title 10: Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, and Morals (Chapter 46, 49)
    • Offenses under the Health and Safety Code: Chapter 481. Texas Controlled Substance Act (Subchapter D. Offenses and Penalties)


    Deferred Adjudication is treated the same as a conviction until the probation is successfully completed. Any types of central registry findings such as sustained findings of physical or sexual abuse also permanently bars the student from childcare operations. Students with other misdemeanor or felony indictments, convictions or complaints may not enroll in child development courses until the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services completes an assessment of risk. This may take several months.
  3. Confirmation that confidentiality and professional discretion will be observed at all times.
  4. A signed statement verifying that you are aware that the college encourages you to obtain and/or maintain personal liability insurance while you are enrolled in the program.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in the program capstone course (CDEC 2386) in order to graduate.

Several courses in the program may be articulated through local and/or Tech Prep agreements with area school districts. Students can earn college credit toward this program while still in high school. For more information, contact your high school Tech Prep coordinator or the program director.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CERTIFICATE
THEA Waived, Level I Certificate

Course Course Title Sem. Hours
Semester I
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
CDEC 1321 The Infant and Toddler 3
CDEC 2426 or TECA 1303 Administration of Programs for Children I or Family, School, and the Community 3-4
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs 3
  15-16 semester hours
Semester II
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 2307 Math and Science for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3
CDEC 2341 The School-Aged Child 3
CDEC 2428 or TECA 1318 Administration of Programs for Children II or Wellness of the Young Child
  15-16 semester hours
Semester III - Summer
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 3
CDEC 2386 Internship - Child Care Provider/Assistant Capstone Course 3
  6 semester hours 

EARLY CHILDHOOD/CHILD DEVELOPMENT AAS DEGREE

This is a workforce program designed to prepare students for an early childhood career that does not require teacher certification. Additionally, the program will provide lower‐level academic and technical courses for continuing educational experiences to satisfy state (Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services) and National (The Council for Early childhood Professional Recognition) credential education requirements. The department strongly advises students to enroll in PSYC 1300, Learning Strategies in their first semester to enhance their learning strategies for the AAS degree.

This program may be eligible for transfer credit to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) if students take the general education courses marked with an asterisk (*)

Course Course Title Sem. Hours
Freshman/Semester I - Fall
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
TECA 1303 Family, School, and the Community 3
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs 3
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
  15 semester hours
Freshman/Semester II - Spring
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 3
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 2307 Math and Science for Early Childhood 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
  18 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester III - Fall
CDEC elective or *ENGL 1302 CDEC 1321, CDEC 2341, CDEC 1323, or *ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
Math/Natural Science w/ lab elective Elective from AAS General Education Course List 3-4
CDEC 2426 Administration of Programs for Children I 4
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
PSYC 2301, HIST 1301, or *GOVT 2305 Introduction to Psychology, U.S. History, or *Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
  16-17 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester IV – Spring
CDEC 2428 OR CDEC 2315 Administration or Programs for Children II or Diverse Cultural and Multilingual Education 3-4
CDEC elective or *GOVT 2306 CDEC 1321, CDEC 2341, CDEC 1323, or *Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3
Humanities or Performing/Visual Arts Elective ARTS, DRAM, MUSI, or HUMA Elective from AAS General Education Course List 3
CDEC 2386 Internship-Child Care Provider/Assistant Capstone Course 3
  15-16 semester hours
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