Child Development & Early Childhood

Two semesters (Certificate)
60 credit hours (AAS)


Online & Hybrid

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. 

Degrees & Certifications Offered

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Child Development & Early Childhood Level I Certificate
  • Child Development & Early Childhood Level II Certificate


See the Cisco College Catalog for course listings.


Target Jobs

  • Teaching Administration
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teaching
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Counseling
  • Case Management

Gainful Employment

Child Development & Early Childhood

Debra Slaton
Dept. Head of Child Development & Early Childhood

There is no special selection criteria for this program


*Prospective students should remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs


Associate's Degree in Child Development
Region 14 ESC in collaboration with Cisco College offers an opportunity for educational aides to earn an associate's degree in child development while continuing to work. Participants selected will receive reduced tuition. Classes will meet at nights (during the summer) and on weekends (during the school year).  

All classes will be held at: Region 14 South at 4300 S. Treadaway, Abilene, TX.  79602. Enrollment is limited. Participants will be selected from a committee. Please see the Region 14 website for additional information.

For Program Information Contact :
Amy Callan 
(325) 794-4421

Hybrid Classes
Do you want to take classes but don't have the time? Cisco is here to help you complete your goals! 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 or Tuesday evenings & also require online assignments.

The program also offers 3 online courses per semester. In the online courses all work is completed via the internet. Cisco College offers a tutoring center for support.

Contact Amy Callan for more information:  |  (325) 794-4421