This option is for students who want to teach infants through third grade children. Students should consult the University of Oklahoma transfer catalog and work with an academic advisor at TCC or OU to carefully select courses that will meet the baccalaureate and associate degree programs. Students in this program should plan to take the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) during the last year at TCC. Upon completion of the four-year curriculum at OU, students will be prepared to apply for an Oklahoma Teacher’s Certificate in Early Childhood Education. A grade of “C” or better is required in the coursework for this curriculum and students must maintain a 2.75 GPA to be admitted and graduate from the University of Oklahoma - College of Education: Early Childhood Education program. Students will complete 48 hours of General Education courses and 11 hours of Child Development courses, with two hours of physical education at TCC.
NOTE: Tulsa Community College’s Child Development Academic Program requires that all child development students enrolling in a child development laboratory course obtain a criminal background check at their own expense. Students must fill out and submit a Background Student Information Form along with Background Check Consent Form to the West Campus Child Development Division Office (L 144).
For More Information Contact:
School of Child Development and Education
West Campus: (918) 595-8077
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:
- Use child development knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments for each child.
- Create reciprocal relationships, to support, empower, and involve families and communities in their child’s development and learning.
- Observe, document, and utilize assessment to support young children and their families.
- Use supportive interactions, developmentally appropriate practices and instructional strategies and tools to positively influence each child’s development and learning.
- Use content knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum.
- Identify and conduct yourself as a member of the early childhood profession.
As a nationally accredited program, The TCC School of Child Development and Education subscribes to the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.
The Early Childhood Education major prepares teacher candidates to become early childhood teachers for grades PK-3 and meets all of the requirements leading to an Oklahoma Early Childhood Education certificate. Other career opportunities are in these areas: Health and Human Services | Developmental Clinics | Community Education/Service Agencies | Private and Corporate Child Care Programs | Head Start teacher | Early Head Start teacher | Intervention Programs | Juvenile or Adult Probation and Parole | Advocacy Centers | Tribal and Government Agencies | Parent or Family Centers. Search additional career opportunities at TCC Career Explorer.
The CHLD student organization (which was officially named “PACE” or Professional Association of Childhood Educators by its founding members in Fall 2003 is for any and all students (CHLD majors or non-majors) with interest in child development and early childhood education. Group activities include free DHS-accredited training in child care topics, field trips, social and networking events, community service projects, and greeting and orientation services for first-semester CHLD students at West Campus. For more information, contact Dawn Parton at (918) 595-8039 or Debbie Deibert at (918) 595-8108.
View a semester-by-semester course plan of study and information on transferring this degree to The University of Oklahoma on the Early Childhood Education OU Transfer Option Degree Map.