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. Please see pages 93-95 of the Cisco College Course Catalog for more information.
There are no special selection criteria for this program.
What Can This Program Do For You
Potential Career Paths
- Teaching Administration
- Curriculum Development
- Family & Consumer Science
- Case Management
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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.
- Articulation Agreement: Cisco College/McMurry University
- Articulation of General Education Courses: Cisco College/McMurry University
- Articulation Agreement: Cisco College/Midwestern State University
- Child Development AAS: All Levels
- List of Courses, Structure, and Observation Requirements for CDEC program
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 Semester Second Semester CDEC 1303 Families, Schools & Community 3 CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3 CDEC 1311 / TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3 CDEC 1323 Observation & Assess of Young Child 3 CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3 CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources 3 CDEC 1318 TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3 CDEC 1366 Practicum I 3 ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 Lang., Phil., & Culture or Creative Arts * 3 TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15 Third Semester Fourth Semester CDEC 1354 / TECA 1354 Child Growth & Development 3 CDEC 2307 Math & Science for Early Childhood 3 CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3 CDEC 2366 Practicum II ** 3 CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3 CDEC XXXX Elective *** 3 MATH 1314, 1332, 1342, or GEOL 1403, or BIOL 1411 3 SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3 CDEC 2315 Diverse Cultural / Multilingual Education 3 PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15 TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 60
* See core curriculum course options.
** CDEC 2366 Prerequisite - Must have passed CDEC 1366
*** Choose from CDEC 1321, CDEC 2341, CDEC 2304, CDEC 2326, or EDUC 1301
Child Development Level II Certificate Plan
First Semester Second Semester CDEC 1303 Families, School & Community 3 CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3 CDEC 1311 / TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3 CDEC 1323 Observation & Assess. of Young Child. 3 CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources 3 CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3 CDEC 1318 / TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3 CDEC 1366 Practicum I * 3 CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs CDEC 2315 Diverse Cultural / Multi-lingual Education 3 TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15 Third Semester CDEC 1354 / TECA 1354 Child Growth 3 CDEC 1321 The Infant and Toddler 3 CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 2307 Math & Science for Early Childhood
3 CDEC 2366 Practicum II ** 3 CDEC XXXX Elective *** 3 TOTAL 15 TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS 45
* Capstone: Department Competency Examination
** Prerequisites: CDEC 2366 must have completed CDEC 1366
*** Choose from: CDEC 1321, CDEC 2341, CDEC 2304, CDEC 2326
Child Development Level I Certificate Plan
First Semester Second Semester CDEC 1303 Families, School & Community 3 CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3 CDEC 1311 / TECA Educating Young Children 3 CDEC 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3 CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources 3 CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3 CDEC 1323 Observation & Assess. of Young Children 3 CDEC 1366 Practicum I * 3 TOTAL 12 TOTAL 12 TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS 24
Awards & Accolades
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
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.
Cisco College represents opportunity to me. Cisco College offers a cost-effective education that is much more intimate than one would receive elsewhere. Lectures are small, allowing my experience to be much more personable. Attending a school that creates an environment of learning and connection is helping me reach my goals as a young adult.
– Mychellya Shadle