Cisco College's Childhood Development and Early Childhood program produces knowledgeable and competent professionals to work with children from birth to 8-years of age, along with their families. Our courses provide training for caregivers or administrators in public and private schools, federal agencies, medical facilities, child care agencies, and community agencies that require individuals who understand the growth, development and needs of children.

The Child Development & Early Childhood program is a technical program beginning in Fall, Spring and Summer semesters of each year. A student receiving a degree, Level I, or Level II certificate must complete the capstone requirements.

Prerequisites

There is no special selection criteria for this program.

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About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Four semesters
Child Development & Early Childhood Level II Certificate Four semesters
Child Development & Early Childhood Level I Certificate Two semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Online & Hybrid Courses

    Cisco College offers Hybrid classes for students with busy schedules. Students can take five classes per semester and attend classes on campus only one night a week. The Child Development program offers three classes per semester as hybrid classes. These classes are offered from:

    • 5:00 PM to 6:25 PM
    • 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM
    • 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    These classes take place on Monday and Tuesday nights and require online assignments. 

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

  • Additional Resources
  • Region 14 Program

    Region 14 Education Service Center 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 and participants will be selected from a committee. Please see the Region 14 website for additional information.

  • Child Development Associate of Applied Science Degree Plan
    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CDEC 1303 Families, Schools & Community3CDEC 1319 Child Guidance3
    CDEC 1311 Educating Young Children3CDEC 1323 Observation & Assess. of Young Child3
    CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources3CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs3
    CDEC 1318 Wellness of the Young Child3CDEC 1366 Practicum I*3
    ENGL 1301 Composition I3SPCH 1315 or SPCH 13213
    TOTAL15TOTAL15
    Third SemesterFourth Semester
    CDEC 1354 Child Growth3CDEC 2307 Math & Science for Early Child.3
    CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Child.3CDEC 2366 Practicum II*3
    CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Child.3Choose from one of the following electives:
    CDEC 1321
    CDEC 1341
    CDEC 2304
    CDEC 2326
    3
    MATH 1301 or Science3CDEC 2315 Diverse Cult/Multilingual Ed.3
    PSYC 2301 General Psychology3Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective* 3
    TOTAL15TOTAL15
    TOTAL DEGREE HOURS60

    *To register for CDEC 1366, you must have passed at least 12 hours in Child Development. A passing grade in CDEC 1366 is required before registering for CDEC 2366.

    Some students may need preparatory courses in English, Reading, or Math. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a certificate or degree.

  • Child Development Level II Certificate Plan
    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CDEC 1303 Families, School & Community3CDEC 1319 Child Guidance3
    CDEC 1311 Educating Young Children3CDEC 1323 Observation & Assess. of Young Child.3
    CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources3CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs3
    CDEC 1318 Wellness of the Young Child3CDEC 1366 Practicum I*3
    TOTAL12TOTAL12
    Third SemesterFourth Semester
    CDEC 1354 Child Growth3CDEC 2307 Math & Science for Early Child.3
    CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Child.3CDEC 2366 Practicum II*3
    CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Child3Choose from one of the following electives:
    CDEC 1321
    CDEC 1341
    CDEC 2304
    CDEC 2326
    3
    CDEC 2315 Diverse Cult/Multilingual Ed.3
    TOTAL9TOTAL12
    TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS45

    *To register for CDEC 1366, you must have passed at least 12 hours in Child Development. A passing grade in CDEC 1366 is required before registering for CDEC 2366.

  • Child Development Level I Certificate Plan
    First SemesterSecond Semester
    CDEC 1303 Families, School & Community3CDEC 1319 Child Guidance3
    CDEC 1311 Educating Young Children3CDEC 1323 Observation & Assess. of Young Child.3
    CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources3CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs3
    CDEC 1318 Wellness of the Young Child3CDEC 1366 Practicum I*3
    TOTAL12TOTAL12
    TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS24
  • Potential Career Paths
    • Teaching Administration
    • Curriculum Development
    • Teaching
    • Family & Consumer Science
    • Counseling
    • Case Management
  • Salary Information

    Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by Cisco College. 

  • Awards & Accolades

    Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 

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    Congratulations to Vicki Bill and Jennifer Dirickson for being selected to the All Texas Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa!  Both students work at Comanche ISD and have been enrolled in the Region 14 Cohort; they will graduate in May.

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Meet the Faculty

Amy Callan

Child Development & Early Childhood Instructor
(325) 794-4409
amy.callan@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Debra Slaton

Professor of Education and Child Development
Cisco Campus         Abilene Campus
(254) 442-5187       (325) 794-4505
debra.slaton@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae