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Child Development Degree & Certification

The Child Development degree and certification program assists individuals with information regarding the teaching of young children. The emphasis of these courses is on Early Childhood Education from a classroom perspective.

Your potential classroom with a child development degree or certificate.

What to Know at a Glance


2 year associate degree (60 sch);
1 year certificate (30 sch);


A blend of face to face, hybrid, and online

Scheduling Options

Full-time; Part-time; Night classes

Where it is offered

Main Campus

About Child Development Degree & Certifications

A student should choose this program if they are interested in working with young children in a classroom setting.

Child Development Associate Training I 

Based on the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). Topics include CDA overview, observation skills, and child growth and development. The four functional areas of study are creative, cognitive, physical, and communication.

Child Development Associate Training II 

A continuation of the study of the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). The six functional areas of study include safe, healthy, learning environment, self, social and guidance.

Child Development Associate Training III 

Continuation of the study of the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). The three functional areas of study include family, program management, and professionalism.

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Communication 
  • Organization 
  • Leadership 
  • Time Management 
  • Teamwork 
  • Child Care Management 
  • Ethical Decision Making 
  • Cultural Awareness

Possible Careers and Salaries

Childcare Worker


Social Worker


Preschool or Childcare Administrator


Preschool Teacher




Tuition Costs

Approximate total program cost for full-time in-district (Bowie County residents) is $5,960. The CDA Council charges an additional $425.00 fee for students applying for that specific National credential.

Program Contacts

Dana Strickland

Child Development Program Director

Mary Ellen Young, Ed.D.

Dean of Liberal, Performing Arts, & Social Sciences

Contact Texarkana College to Get Started

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