Research proves that quality adult-child communication and interaction are necessary for optimal development and growth. The Texarkana College Child Development program offers a variety of courses that encourage and promote the teaching of the WHOLE child, including the physical cognitive, social, and emotional aspects.

Through course work and practical hands-on applications, students are provided the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Early Childhood Education History and current methodology. Students must have an overall C average and no less than a C in CDEC and TECA courses.

The programs are designed to help prepare students for careers in daycare management and teaching as well as Head Start and Teacher Aide positions.

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

Freshman Year

First SemesterHours Second SemesterHours
CDEC 1317
Child Development Associate Training I
3 ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
CDEC 2322
Child Development Associate Training II
3 CDEC 1358

Creative Arts for Early Childhood

CDEC 2324
Child Development Associate Training III
3 CDEC 1359
Children with Special Needs
CDEC 1319
Child Guidance
3 CDEC 1313
Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Program
BCIS 1305 or PSYC 1300 (core)
Business Computer Applications or Learning Frameworks
3 TECA 1311
Educating Young Children
Total15 Total15

Sophomore Year

First SemesterHours Second SemesterHours
CDEC 2387
Internship – Child Care Provider / Assistant
3 CDEC 1356
Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood
CDEC 2326
Administration of Programs for Children I
3 Creative Arts (any core course)3
TECA 1303
Family and the Community
3 MATH (any core course)3
SPCH 1315 (core)
Public Speaking
3 TECA 1318
Nutrition, Health, and Safety
PSYC 2308 (core)
Child Psychology
3 ENGL 1302 (core) or ENGL 2311
Composition II or Technical and Business Writing
Total15 Total

Child Development AAS Total