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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Development AAS, Early Childhood Option

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Program Description

The Child Development academic program at Tulsa Community College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Associate Degree program (NAEYC).

This degree is for students choosing a career in programs providing services to children and families. This is a workforce degree and does not transfer to a Bachelor’s level program. The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program in Child Development will prepare students to work with young children from birth through eight years of age in a variety of settings including child care centers, family child care settings, preschools, Head Start programs, school age programs, and home visiting and parent education programs.  Students will complete 18 hours of General Education courses and 33 hours of Child Development courses, with 9 elective hours.

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 School of Education and Child Development 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.

Career Opportunities

Head Start assistant teacher; child care master/lead teacher; family child care home provider; child care center director; school-age before and after care program director; early intervention/special needs program; para-professional assistant; home visitor.  Search current career opportunities at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.

Student Organizations

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 an interest in child development and/or 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.

Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Child Development, Early Childhood Option Degree Map.  

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 18

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 60

Students who have completed CHLD 1102 , CHLD 1202 , CHLD 1302 , and CHLD 1402  with a grade of “C” or better may apply these credits toward the Controlled Electives.

Students who have earned a CDA credential may be awarded nine credit hours of advanced standing credit that may be applied to the Controlled Electives.  Contact the West Campus Enrollment Services office for more information.

Students wanting to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact an academic advisor in the West Campus Advisement Office.

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