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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 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 (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) program. 

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 36 hours of Child Development courses, with 6 elective hours.

Note: Tulsa Community College’s Child Development academic program requires that all child development students enrolling in a child development laboratory or teaching methodology 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:

  • Apply major theories of child growth and development to children’s needs.
  • Create a resource file of community agencies and organizations.
  • Utilize information from formal and informal assessment and observation.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Design curriculum that integrates knowledge of inclusive practice.
  • Make professional choices based on NAEYC documents.

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 earned a CDA credential may be awarded 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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