The Child Development program is offered to prepare students for employment in the field of early care and education. The program is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge to work effectively with young children and families. The program focuses on the provision and management of child care services and prepares individuals to plan, design, and manage child care facilities and programs that meet children's developmental needs and interests and provide safe and healthy environments.
Students may pursue the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Child Development or a Child Development Certificate. Both programs allow students to develop a broad base of competencies that will prepare them to guide experiences of children from birth through early childhood. The Child Development Certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the field of early care and education and may be an intermediate step for those working toward a degree. Child Development courses may also be used to fulfill the educational requirements of individuals who wish to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.
Financial aid is available through a variety of programs including the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Alabama Scholarship Program, the Leadership in Childcare (LICC) Scholarship Program and other programs designed to assist child care providers with educational expenses. For more information, interested persons may contact the Financial Aid Office or the Child Development Instructor.
The program includes instruction in child development and psychology; home and center based child care; identification of diseases, injuries, and psychological trauma and applicable referrals; parent relations; personnel and business management principles; and related laws and policies.
Graduates may be employed as administrators or teachers in private preschool programs; as a teacher's assistant in state pre-kindergarten programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs; or aides in public school systems. Graduates may also choose to open their own child development center or family daycare home.
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Child Development Gainful Employment Disclosure