Associate of Applied Science with a Concentration in Child Development

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 coursework 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 day care management and teaching as well as Head Start and Teacher Aide positions.

Degree Plan

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.

Freshman Year

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

Creative Arts for Early Childhood

3
CDEC 2324
Child Development Associate Training III
3 CDEC 1359
Children with Special Needs
3
CDEC 1319
Child Guidance
3 CDEC 1313
Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Program
3
BCIS 1305 or PSYC 1300 (core)
Business Computer Applications or Learning Frameworks
3 TECA 1311
Educating Young Children
3
Total 15   Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
CDEC 2387
Internship – Child Care Provider / Assistant
3 CDEC 1356
Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood
3
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
3
PSYC 2308 (core)
Child Growth and Development
3 ENGL 1302 (core) or ENGL 2311
Composition II or Technical and Business Writing
3
Total 15   Total

Child Development AAS Total

15

60

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Dana Strickland
Associate Professor, Child Development
(903) 823-3224
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Dr. Dixon Boyles
Dean of Business and Social Sciences
903-823-3192
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Child Development Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

CDEC 1313 W - Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs (3,2,3).

A study of the fundamentals of curriculum design and implementation in early care and education programs for children birth through eight.

CDEC 1317 W - Child Development Associate Training I (3,2,2).

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.

CDEC 1319 W - Child Guidance (3,2,2).

An exploration of guidance strategies for promoting prosocial behaviors with individual and groups of children. Emphasis on positive guidance principles and techniques, family involvement, and cultural influences.

CDEC 1356 W - Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood (3,3,0).

An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching young children language and literacy through a play-based integrated curriculum.

CDEC 1358 W - Creative Arts for Early Childhood (3,3,0).

An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching children music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic play through process-oriented experiences to support divergent thinking.

CDEC 1359 W - Children with Special Needs (3,3,0).

A survey of information regarding children with special needs including possible causes and characteristics of exceptionalities, intervention strategies, available resources, referral processes, the advocacy for children with special needs and their families. The student will use various types of materials and resources, including current technology, to support learning in all domains for all children.

CDEC 2315 W - Diverse Cultural/Multilingual Education (3,3,0).

An overview of multicultural education to include relationships with the family and community to develop awareness and sensitivity to diversity related to individual needs of children.

CDEC 2322 W - Child Development Associate Training II (3,2,2).

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.

CDEC 2324 W - Child Development Associate Training III (3,2,2).

A 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. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: CDEC 1317 and 2322

CDEC 2326 W - Administration of Programs for Children I (3,3,0).

A practical application of management procedures for early care and education programs, including a study of operating, supervising, and evaluating programs. Topics on philosophy, types of programs, policies, fiscal management, regulations, staffing, evaluation, and communication. Prerequisite: Six hours of child development course work or advisor approval.

CDEC 2387 W - Internship - Child Care Provider / Assistant (3,1,15).

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. May be repeated if topics and outcomes vary.

PSYC 2308 A - Child Growth and Development (3,3,0).

This course will address psychological development from conception through middle childhood with references to physical, cognitive, social and personality changes. Students will examine the interplay of biological factors, human interaction, social structures and cultural forces in development. Prerequisite: none; PSYC 2301 recommended.

TECA 1303 A - Family and the Community (3,3,0).

A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues.

TECA 1311 A - Educating Young Children (3,3,0).

An introduction to the education of the young child, including developmentally appropriate practices and programs, theoretical and historical perspectives, ethical and professional responsibilities, and current issues. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations; and the course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

TECA 1318 A - Nutrition, Health, and Safety (3,2,2).

A study of the factors that impact the well-being of the young child including healthy behavior, food, nutrition, fitness, and safety practices. Focuses on local and national standards and legal implications of relevant policies and regulations. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. Course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.