2023-2024 General Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Development, AAS

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Offered at the SPC Reese Center

The Child Development program is designed to provide students with a theoretical knowledge base and practical experience which will enable them to work within the field of child development. The student may receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development, an Early Childhood Administrator’s Certificate, an Early Childhood Certificate, and a Family Advocate Certificate.

Basic practicum experience is required in certain Child Development courses within the program. Specific tasks performed in the practicum setting vary according to skills, interests and course requirements. Students taking practicum courses must meet the requirements for licensed Child Care facilities as outlined in the Texas Minimum Standards: 1.) High school diploma or its equivalent; and 2.)  Pass a Department of Protective and Regulatory Services criminal background check. The purpose of the background check is to determine that a person has no criminal or abuse and neglect history; and that their presence would not be a risk to the health or safety of children. Students who do no meet the above requirements must see the program advisor.

The Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for employment in early childhood centers as a teacher or director (according to Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers in Texas), as well as for other child-related occupations.  The curriculum meets all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.  To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program.

Students must be in compliance with TSI for reading, writing and mathematics

Program advisor is Stephanie Deering, coordinator and assistant professor of child development.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Total Semester Hours: 16

Total Semester Hours: 16

Third Semester

Total Semester Hours: 13

Total Semester Hours: 15


*Although not a requirement for this degree, students are strongly encouraged to take EDUC 1100 during the first semester of enrollment.

**Child Development Electives: CDEC 1317, 1321, 1341, 1343, 1356, 1358, 2304, 2307, 2322, 2324, 2326, 2328, 2341, 2343.

*** CTE course that may be articulated with high school credit.

****Choose from the Core Curriculum or the Child Development electives.

I understand that if the above degree plan is successfully completed, I will be eligible to receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science.  I understand that this degree plan is tailored to meet degree requirements at South Plains College and is generally not designed for transfer to a four-year academic degree. 



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