Program Curriculum- Early Childhood

Early Childhood: Awards, Certificates and AAS Degree

Marketable Skills Awards:
   -Curriculum and Lesson Planning: 9 semester credit hours
   -Effective Classroom Management : 9 semester credit hours        
Level I Certificate: 18 semester credit hours
Level II Certificate: 31 semester credit hours
AAS Degree: 60 semester credit hours

This program is designed for candidates who are interested in working with young children (birth to age twelve) in settings that do not require teacher certification. To be in compliance with standards set forth by Child-Care Licensing, candidates must "demonstrate competency, good judgment, and self-control in the presence of children when performing assigned duties" (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Minimum Standards for Child-Care, p. 43).

Admission Requirements:

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

  1. Criminal History Statement as required by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services ā€“ This will be submitted for verification through application with an approved school district. The following types of criminal convictions permanently bar a student from childcare operations and from participating in required observations:

    • Felony convictions of an offense under The Texas Penal Code or any like offense under the law of another state or federal law:

      • 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

  2. Confirmation that confidentiality and professional conduct and demeanor will be observed at all times when visiting schools or early childhood programs.

Students must earn a grade of ā€œCā€ 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. 

Marketable Skills Award

Upon the recommendation of the Early Childhood Advisory Board, the department offers two Marketable Skills Achievement Awards of 9 semester credit hours in: a) curriculum and lesson planning for early childhood programs and b) effective classroom management.

Courses in the awards are designed to develop an employee's lesson planning skills for children ages
0-8 years or to develop an employee's skills in effective classroom management for school age children (5-13 years). All courses can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Development.

Upon completion of the series of three (3) courses, fill out an application with the registrar to ensure that your award is included on your transcript.

Early Childhood Marketable Skills Award - Curriculum and Lesson Planning

(9 semester hours)
 

 Course 

 Course Title

 Semester Hours

CDEC 1313

Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs

3

CDEC 1356

Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 2307

Math and Science for Early Childhood

3

Total Hours

9

Early Childhood Marketable Skills Award - Effective Classroom Management 

(9 Semester Hours ONLINE)
 

 Course

 Course Title

 Semester Hours

CDEC 1319

Child Guidance

3

CDEC 2315

Diverse Cultural and Multilingual Education

3

CDEC 2341

School Age Child

3

Total Hours

9

Early Childhood Level I Certificate

(18 semester credit hours)

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Waived

This course of study is designed to prepare students for a career in early childhood / child development instruction or administration that does not require teacher certification.

Effective Fall 2015:

Course Course Title Semester Hours
Semester I
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs

3

CDEC 1319 Child Guidance (online)

3

CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood Programs

3

 Total Semester Hours

9

Semester II

CDEC 2307

Math and Science for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 1359 or TECA 1318

Children with Special Needs or
Wellness of the Young Child

3

CDEC 2326

Administration of Programs for Children I
(Capstone Course)

3

 Total Semester Hours

9

Early Childhood Level II Certificate

(31 semester credit hours)

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) must be met for Reading and Writing

This course of study is a continuation of the Level I Certificate with an emphasis on applying college level reading and writing skills to program design and curriculum planning in children's programs that do not require teacher certification.

Effective Fall 2015:

 Course

 Course Title  Semester Hours
 Semester I  

CDEC 1313

Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs

3

CDEC 1319

Child Guidance (online)

3

CDEC 1356

Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood Programs

3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Semester II  

CDEC 2307

Math and Science for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 2326

Administration of Programs for Children I
(Capstone Course)

3

CDEC 1359 or
TECA 1318

Children with Special Needs or
Wellness of the Young Child

3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Semester III  
CDEC 1358  Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
ENGL 1301 English Composition 3
TECA 1303 or
CDEC 2328 or
CDEC 2315

Family, School, and Community or
Administration of Programs for Children II or
Diverse Cultural and Multilingual Education

3
  Total Semester Hours 9
Semester IV  

CDEC 1321 or
CDEC 1323 or
CDEC 2341 or
TECA 1311 or
COSC 1301

Infant and Toddler or
Observation and Assessment or
School Age Child or
Educating Young Children or 
Introduction to Computing

 3

 CDEC 1164

 Practicum (Capstone)

1

  Total Semester Hours  4


Early Childhood / Child Development AAS Degree

(60 semester credit hours)       

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This workforce program, which is Early Childhood Associate Degree Accredited (ECADA), is designed to prepare students for an early childhood career that does not require teacher certification.  

It is the continuation of the Level II Certificate and requires more in-depth application of college level reading, writing, and math skills to program design and curriculum planning. 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 and includes 15 hours or more of general education coursework (academic transfer courses).

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 (*)

 Effective Fall 2015:
 

Course

Course Title

Semester Hours

Semester I

CDEC 1319

Child Guidance (online)

3

CDEC 1313

Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs

3

CDEC 1356

Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood Programs

3

TECA 1303

Family, School, and the Community

3

CDEC 1358

Creative Arts for Early Childhood

3

 Total Semester Hours

15 

Semester II

CDEC 2307

Math and Science for Early Childhood

3

CDEC 1359

Children with Special Needs

3

CDEC 2326

Administration of Programs for Children I

3

TECA 1318

Wellness of the Young Child

3

SPCH 1315

Public Speaking

3

 Total Semester Hours

15

Semester III 

ENGL 1301

English Composition

3

TECA 1311

Educating Young Children

3

CDEC 1164

Practicum (Capstone)

1

CDEC 2328 or
CDEC 2315

Administration of Programs for Children II or
Diverse Cultural and Multilingual Education

3

Elective

Language, Philosophy, & Culture or Creative Arts
from the AAS General Education Course List

3

Elective

Math or Life & Physical Science w/Lab from the
AAS General Education Course List

3

 Total Semester Hours

16

Semester IV 

TECA 1354

Child Growth and Development

3

CDEC 1321 or
CDEC 2341 or
CDEC 1323 or
ENGL 1302* or
COSC 1301

The Infant and Toddler or
School Age Child or
Observation and Assessment or
Composition II *or
Introduction to Computing

3

CDEC 2286

Internship-Child Care Provider/Assistant
(Capstone Course)

2

CDEC 1321 or
CDEC 1323 or
CDEC 2341 or GOVT 2306

The Infant and Toddler or
Observation and Assessment or
The School Age Child or
Texas Government

3

Elective

Social & Behavioral Science or American History or Government/Political Science from the AAS General
Education Course List

3

 Total Semester Hours

14

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