• Child Development and Early Childhood

    Associate in Applied Science Degree , Certification Program

    Available at: East Campus
    Del Mar College uses the Texas Common Application.
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    Program Overview


    The Mission of the Child Development/Early Childhood Program is to provide fully accredited occupational, academic and pre-professional courses leading to certificate, associate degrees, and/or the first two years of transferable credit toward a baccalaureate degree. The CD/EC Program also provides students with opportunies to train for economic independence; and to prepare for job entry, occupational advancement, and career development. The Program is committed to the concept of the learning college and focuses on student learning.


    The Child Development/Early Childhood curriculum is designed to prepare an individual to educate and care for young children from birth through age 12. The program is designed to provide performance-based training in the skills needed to be a competent teacher or administrator in child care centers, preschool programs, family day homes, Head Start programs, or other early childhood programs.

    As part of the training, students are required to work directly with young children in the model laboratory on campus and in community early childhood programs. Students must demonstrate performance skills which meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Prior to field site placement, students are required to have a criminal history check, record of a negative TB test, and a food handler’s card.

    Students have a choice of two AAS degrees or two certificate plans. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree with an early childhood specialization leading to teacher certification should consult with a Child Development / Early Childhood advisor (361-698-2809). Certification requirements may change according to state regulations. Students should see their advisor for current information.