Child Development

Grayson College offers a Child Development Associate of Applied Science degreecertificates, and marketable skills awards. The Child Development AAS degree program is also available in an online format. 

This 60-hour degree explores child growth and development and how to interact and provides the strongest education and foundations for all children birth through adolescence with a focus on birth through age eight.  This degree has you in the early childhood classrooms from the first semester working and learning.  This degree allows for many careers in a variety of fields like child care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, Early Childhood interaction and Head Start.

Course Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, certificate and marketable skills requires that you have a High School Diploma or equivalent. The Associate of Applied Science requires  that you have met TSI requirements.

Capstone Experience

To earn a degree or certificate in this program, students must successfully complete a comprehensive exit exam prior to graduation.

Associate of Applied Science  


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

CDED 1319 3
CDEC 1323 3
TECA 1354 3
CDEC 1359 3
EDUC/PSYC 1300 3

15


Second Semester

TECA 1303 3
TECA 1311 3
ENGL 1301 or SPCH 1311 3
BIOL 1308, GEOL 1301, MATH 1332 or MATH 1342 3
CDEC 1313 3

15


Third Semester

CDEC 2326 3
TECA 1318 3
Approved Child Development Elective1 3
Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core 3
CDEC 2328 3

15


Fourth Semester

CDEC 1356 3
CDEC 2336 3
Approved Elective2 3
Approved Elective2 3
CDEC 2380 Cooperative Care 3

15
All students must meet with an advisor to determine which courses will transfer to the 4-year school of their choice. 

1Approved Child Development Electives: CDEC 1317, 1321, 1330, 1335, 1339, 1343, 1358, 2304, 2307, 2315, 2322, 2324, 2340, 2341 or Southeastern Oklahoma students see note below.

2Students transferring to Southeastern Oklahoma must take ENGL 1301, 1302 and SOC 1301 as approved electives.

Administrator's Certificate


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

CDEC 2326 3
CDEC 2328 3
CDEC 1319 3
CDEC 1323 3
TECA 1354 3

15


Second Semester

TECA 1318 3
TECA 1303 3
CDEC 1313 3
CDEC 2328 3

12


One-Year Certificate



Subject

Semester Hours


First Semester

CDEC 1319 3
CDEC 1323 3
TECA 1354 3
CDEC 1359 3
TECA 1318 3

15


Second Semester

TECA 1303 3
TECA 1311 3
CDEC 1356 3
CDEC 1359 3
CDEC 1313 (Capstone) 3

15


Child Development Marketable Skills Award



Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

TECA 1354 3
CDEC 1359 3
TECA 1319 3

9
This award does not lead to national CDA credential.


Child Development Associate Training Marketable Skills Award



Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

CDEC 1317 3
CDEC 2322 3
CDEC 2324 3

9


Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                     

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra                                                         

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods            

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

ENGL 1301 Composition I

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

A study of the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate curriculum design and implementation in early care and education programs for children birth through age eight. Field experience required.

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Based on the requirements for the Child Development Associate credential (CDA). Topics include CDA overview, observation skills, and child growth and development. The four functional areas of study are creative, cognitive, physical, and communication.

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An exploration of guidance strategies for promoting prosocial behaviors with individual and groups of children. Emphasis on positive guidance principles and techniques, family involvement, and cultural influences. Field experience required

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A study of appropriate infant and toddler programs (birth to age 3), including an overview of development, quality routines, appropriate environments, materials and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques.

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A study of observation skills, assessment techniques, and documentation of children’s development.

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Principles of child growth and development from six through thirteen years. Focus on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development.

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Principles of normal growth and development from three years through five years. Emphasizes physical, emotional, and social development.

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Principles of normal growth and development from conception through three years of age. Emphasizes physical, intellectual, and social/emotional development.

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Study of an approved career topic. Research, presentation of findings, and practical applications are emphasized as they relate to the selected topic.

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An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching young children language and literacy through a play-based integrated curriculum

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An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching children music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic play through process-oriented experiences to support divergent thinking.

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A survey of information regarding children with special needs including possible causes and characteristics of exceptionalities, intervention strategies, available resources, referral processes, the advocacy role, and legislative issues.

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Methods used in the identification of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect with an emphasis on developing skills for working with children and families. Includes methods of referral to public and private agencies that deal with investigation and treatment.

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An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching children math and science concepts and process skills through discovery and play.

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An overview of multicultural education to include relationship with the family and community to develop awareness and sensitivity to diversity related to individual needs of children.

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A continuation of the study of the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). The six functional areas of study include safe, healthy learning environment, self, social and guidance..

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Continuation of the requirements for the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA). Three of the 13 functional areas of study include family, program management and professionalism.

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Application of management procedures for early child care education programs. Includes planning, operating, supervising, and evaluating programs. Topics cover philosophy, types of programs, policies, fiscal management, regulations, staffing, evaluation, and communication.

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An in-depth study of the skills and techniques in managing early care and education programs, including legal and ethical Issues, personnel management, team building, leadership, conflict resolution, stress management, advocacy, professionalism, fiscal analysis and planning parent education/partnerships, and technical applications in programs.

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An advanced study of the skills and techniques in administering early care and education programs.

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Exploration of development and implementation of curriculum for children with special needs.

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A study of appropriate programs for the school age child (5 to 13 years), including an overview of development, appropriate environments, materials, and activities and teaching/guidance techniques.

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Career-related activities encountered in the student’s area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience

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Last updated: 06/19/2017