Child Development

The Child Development Department is committed to improving and promoting the quality of services and programs for young children and their families in the communities we serve by educating and training individuals for early childhood professions and by partnering with childcare programs and social service agencies.

Specialization: Administration of Early Childhood Programs

Certificate

The Administration of Early Childhood Programs certificate is a one semester certificate that prepares students to meet the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) Child Care Licensing educational requirements for a director of a child care center licensed for 13 or more children. It provides a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in both child development and business management.  All students participating in Field Study courses must have a negative TB test and no criminal record.  The Field Study course in this program is considered a capstone course and must be taken during the semester the student is graduating.

Specialization: Infant and Toddler

Certificate

The Infant and Toddler certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of Child Development such as Early Head Start. This certificate provides the instruction and field experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children birth through age three. The graduate will know and be able to promote child development and learning, use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families, and use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum. This certificate also provides students an option to apply for a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) after taking CDEC 1417 Child Development Associate Training I and CDEC 2422 Child Development Association Training II. All students participating in Field Study courses must have a negative TB test and no criminal record.  The Field Study course in this program is considered a capstone course and must be taken during the semester the student is graduating.  All credit hours earned under this certificate plan, with the exception of optional courses, transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development.

Specialization: Preschool

Certificate

The Preschool certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of Child Development such as Head Start. This certificate provides the instruction and field experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children three to five years of age. The graduate will know how to promote child development and learning, use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families, and use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.

This certificate also provides students an option to apply for a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) after taking CDEC 1417 Child Development Associate Training I and CDEC 2422 Child Development Association Training II. All students participating in Field Study courses must have a negative TB test and no criminal record.  The Field Study course in this program is considered a capstone course and must be taken during the semester that the student is graduating.  Once completed, all credit hours earned under this certificate plan, with the exception of optional courses, transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development.

Child Development

Associate of Applied Science

The curriculum leading to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development provides the instruction and field experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children birth to eight years of age. Graduates will know and be able to promote child development and learning; build family and community relationships; observe, document, and assess children; use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families; use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum; and be a professional and advocate for young children. Students will be prepared for positions in private kindergartens, child development centers and early childhood programs such as Early Head Start, Head Start, non-profit and for-profit preschool programs. They also will be prepared for positions as teacher aides and other paraprofessional positions in public schools and after school programs. All students participating in Field Study courses must have a negative TB test and no criminal record.  CDEC 2167 Capstone: Administration must be taken the semester the student is graduating.

Dana Anthony, Chairperson, TDFPS Child Care Licensing
Sylvia Garza, Professional Development, Hidalgo County Head Start
Pattie Rosenlund, Executive Director, Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley
Elda Perez, Education Director, UTRGV Early Head Start
Delia Mendoza, Dual Enrollment High School Instructor, McAllen ISD
Victor Yado, Human Resource Manager Teaching and Mentoring Communities
A student in the Child Development Program
A representative from a transfer university
A director/manager of a child care center

Certificates

Associates Degree

Child Development

Specialization: Administration of Early Childhood Programs Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
TECA 1354
Child Growth and Development
or Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs
3
CDEC 2326 Administration of Programs for Children I 3
CDEC 2328 Administration of Programs for Children II 3
CDEC 2336 Administration of Programs for Children III 3
CDEC 2167 Capstone: Administration 1 1
 Credit Hours19
 Total Credit Hours19 Credit Hours
1

By arrangement, all Field Study courses will be conducted at a pre-approved site. A TB test and a criminal background check will be required. 

Child Development

Specialization: Infant and Toddler Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3
CDEC 1417 Child Development Associate Training I 1 4
 Credit Hours12-16
Second Semester
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
CDEC 1321 The Infant and Toddler 3
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1167 Capstone: Field Study Infant/Toddler 2 1
CDEC 2422 Child Development Association Training II 1 4
 Credit Hours10-14
 Total Credit Hours22-30 Credit Hours
1

Class required only for students pursuing CDA Credential.

2

By arrangement, all Field Study courses will be conducted at a pre-approved site. A TB test and criminal background check will be required.

Child Development

Specialization: Preschool Certificate 

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1417 Child Development Associate Training I 1 4
 Credit Hours12-16
Second Semester
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs 3
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
CDEC 2307 Math and Science for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 2166 Capstone: Field Study Preschool 2 1
CDEC 2422 Child Development Association Training II 1 4
 Credit Hours10-14
 Total Credit Hours22-30 Credit Hours
1

Class required only for students pursuing CDA Credential.

2

By arrangement, all Field Study courses will be conducted at a pre-approved site. A TB test and criminal background check will be required.

Child Development Associate of Applied Science

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development 3
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs 3
CDEC 1321 The Infant and Toddler 3
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 2307 Math and Science for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1167 Capstone: Field Study Infant/Toddler 2 1
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
CDEC 1323 Observation and Assessment 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
Humanities Elective 1 3
SPCH 1311
Introduction to Speech Communication 1
or Interpersonal Communications
3
CDEC 2326 Administration of Programs for Children I 3
CDEC 2166 Capstone: Field Study Preschool 2 1
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
TECA 1303 Family, School, and Community 3
CDEC 1341
CDA Preparation for Assessment
or Administration of Programs for Children II
or Administration of Programs for Children III
3
Math and Natural Sciences Elective 1 3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology 1
or Lifespan Growth and Development
3
CDEC 2167 Capstone: Administration 2 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

2

All Field Study courses require Program Chair Approval and will be conducted at a pre-approved site. A negative TB test and a clear criminal background check will be required before beginning contact hours.