Child Development/Early Childhood

Child development professionals provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social , emotional and cognitive development of young children. A career in child care requires a person who is energetic, reliable and has a positive self-concept. These people should be dedicated to life-long learning and must enjoy working with and shaping the lives of young children. The purpose of the program at Cisco College is to produce knowledgeable and competent professionals who are able to work effectively with children from birth to 8-years of age and their families through various roles in early childhood educational settings. The program is designed to provide training for caregivers or administrators in public and private schools, federal agencies, medical facilities, child care agencies and community agencies that requires trained professionals who understand the growth, development and needs of children. 

The AAS program requires students to complete 60 semester credit hours of course work with 15 hours of general education courses and 45 hours of concentration in the major area of study. Students pursuing the level one certificate will complete 24 semester credit hours.

Curriculum
Required courses for the Level II Certificate or Associates of Applied Science Degree:

  • Educating Young Children 
  • Child Growth and Development 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Children with Special Needs 
  • Child Guidance 
  • Curriculum Resources 
  • Families, School & Community 
  • Wellness of the Young Child 
  • Math & Science for Early Childhood 
  • Emergent Literacy 
  • Practicum I & II 
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
  • Approved Electives - Choose 1: Administration, Infant and Toddler, School Age Child, Child Abuse and Neglect

Courses for AAS:

  • English 
  • College Algebra or Science
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 
  • General Psychology 
  • Public Speaking 

**The AAS combines all of the Level II courses with the above mentioned course


Level I Certificate:

  • Educating Young Children 
  • Curriculum Resources 
  • Families, School & Community 
  • Child Guidance 
  • Practicum I 
  • Children with Special Needs 
  • Wellness of the Young Child 
  • Observation and Assessment


Hybrid Classes

Do you want to take classes but don't have the time? Cisco is here to help you reach for the stars! You can take 5 classes per semester and attend classes on campus only 1 night a week. All you need is:

  1. A reliable computer with internet access
  2. Self-motivation
  3. Limited computer knowledge
  4. A desire to learn!

 

The Child Development Program offers 3 classes per semester as hybrid classes. These classes are offered from 5:00-6:25, 6:30-7:55, and 8:00-9:30 pm on Monday evenings & also require an online assignment to be completed weekly.

The program also offers 3 online courses per semester. In the online courses all work is completed via the computer. The assignments are posted and students have 7-10 days to complete the assignments and to either post them or to send them to the instructor.

Contact Amy Callan for more information: amy.callan@cisco.edu  |  (325) 794-4421


Resources

Articulation Agreement: Cisco College/McMurry University

Articulation of General Education Courses: Cisco College/McMurry University

Child Development AAS: All Levels

Child and Family Studies: Tarleton State University

List of Courses, Structure, and Observation Requirements for CDEC program


Application Procedure
To be considered for admission to the Child Development program, interested persons should:

  1. Complete application to the college
  2. Contact Amy Callan for more information

Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College. The procedure for seeking admission to the College follows:

  1. Complete the Cisco College application
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Talk to a counselor about testing

Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs. Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria.

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