This option is for students wanting a professional career working in community agencies and programs providing services to children and families. Career paths include child and parenting practitioner, family life educator, pre-medicine, pre-law, child policy and advocacy and other options. Suggested courses for Oklahoma State University are listed in the curriculum. Students will complete 37 hours of General Education courses and 20 hours of Child Development courses, with 6 hours of Sociology.
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 Academic Program office (S 128) or West Campus Liberal Arts 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 other related career opportunities at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.
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.
View a semester-by-semester course plan of study and information on how this degree transfers to Oklahoma State University on the Child and Family OSU Transfer Option Degree Map.