Early Childhood Training One-Year Certificate

Degree Plan

First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
TECA 1311
Educating Young Children
3 ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
BCIS 1305 or EDUC/PSYC 1300
Business Computer Applications or
Learning Frameworks
3 CDEC 2387
Internship – Child Care Provider / Assistant
CDEC 1313
Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Program
3 SPCH 1315
Public Speaking
CDEC 1317, 1356, 1358, or 2326 3 PSYC 2308
Child Growth and Development
CDEC 1319, 1359, 2322, 2324 or TECA 1318 3 TECA 1303
Family and the Community
Total 15   Total

Total Hours




Students must have a “C” in CDEC and TECA Courses in order to receive credit for their certificate.


CDEC 1317
Child Development Associate Training I,
CDEC 1319
Child Guidance,
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood,
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood,
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs,
CDEC 2322 Child Development Associate Training II,
CDEC 2324 Child Development Associate Training III,
CDEC 2326 Administration of Programs for Children I,
TECA 1318 Nutrition, Health, and Safety

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.

To learn more, please contact us.

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

Child Development Course Descriptions

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 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.