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 66 semester credit hours of course work with 15 hours of general education courses and 51 hours of concentration in the major area of study. Students pursuing the level one certificate will complete 30 semester credit hours.

Program leading to an Operator Certificate may include the following courses:

Specialized Courses:

  • Educating Young Children 
  • Child Growth and Development 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Children with Special Needs 
  • Child Guidance 
  • Curriculum Resources 
  • Administration 
  • Infant & Toddler 
  • Families, School & Community 
  • School Age Child 
  • Wellness of the Young Child 
  • Math & Science for Early Childhood 
  • Emergent Literacy 
  • Practicum I & II 
  • Approved Electives 

General Courses:

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

Program leading to an Instructor Certificate may include the following courses:

Level I Certificate:

  • Educating Young Children 
  • Infant & Toddler 
  • Child Growth & Development 
  • Curriculum Resources 
  • Families, School & Community 
  • Child Guidance 
  • School Age Child 
  • Practicum I 
  • Children with Special Needs 
  • Wellness of the Young Child 

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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