Early Development and Education, AAS degree seeking students will receive a foundation in child development. Students will have the knowledge of theories and theorists in the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of young children. Graduates from the program will have the skills necessary to work with young children in a child care center, preschool, Head Start or private school. Students will have the opportunity to learn developmentally appropriate activities for young children, developmentally appropriate techniques to guide children, and to recognize developmentally appropriate environments. Anyone interested in working in this rewarding field is encouraged to enroll in this program.
The program curriculum is designed to prepare students for working with young children. Students will develop knowledge of the early childhood field through activities that engage the student to critically think about the field of early childhood education and care for young children from birth through age 12. Students will develop activities to use with young children. These developmentally appropriate activities include: literacy, math, science, music, and writing activities for infants and toddlers. The students will discuss the social and personal responsibility by conducting a mock parent-teacher conference, constructing a newsletter, and participating in teamwork while presenting a topic assigned in the course. Students use qualitative thinking in the development of a starting budget for a child care center and practice their communication skills to conduct a mock teacher interview.
The program is designed for students to complete an AAS degree, a Certificate Level I, and an Achievement Award, through a designed curriculum providing performance-based training in the skills needed to be a competent teacher or administrator in child care centers, preschool programs, family day homes, Head Start programs, or other early childhood programs.
The students are required within their course work to work directly with young children in the Coastal Bend College Child Development Center on the Beeville campus or identify community early childhood programs in Alice, Kingsville, Pleasanton and other community child care centers in the Costal Bend College service area. Prior to field site placement, students are required to have a criminal history check, fingerprinting, record of a negative TB test (where needed), and a food handler’s card (where needed). Consult an advisor at 361-354-2306 on these requirements.
Students interested or working with Head Start Centers are required to obtain a Child Development Associate Credentials (CDA) and must take CDEC 1417 and CDEC 2322. These 2 courses will give students the training and skills necessary to complete a professional portfolio and apply for CDA Credentials. Information on CDA credentials can be obtained at the Council for Professional Recognition at http://www.cdacouncil.org/ of contacting the CBC faculty.
Program Cost & Highlights:
- A one to two-year program with an average class size of 15 students offered at all CBC locations.
- In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $500-$700 for certification tests and other course materials
- Program faculty have over 20 years of experience in the child development and education field
- Students may take courses to earn the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
- Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify
- Helping students be qualified and prepared to enter the workforce is our top priority at CBC. We focus on providing students with young children.
- Our program graduates have gone on to obtain employment in child development programs and facilities all over South Texas.
- A few of the centers that have hired our outstanding graduates are: Community Action Corporation of South Texas (C.A.C.O.S.T.), Community Development Institute, Head Start and ACE Programs.
*Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.