The field of child development is a rapidly growing area with a wide range of employment possibilities. An increasing number of job
opportunities are available in the community for those who work with children. Public and private schools, federal agencies, child care centers,
industry and community agencies need professionally-trained people who understand children and who can give them love, guidance and
The associate degree program in child development will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of the whole child. In the certificate
program, the specialization is in child development or child care management. In all programs, the child development lab courses will include actual
experience with young children. Students enrolled in child development lab classes must meet Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
staff requirements for child care centers.
Student liability insurance is required for all child development lab classes.
See your high school counselor or the OC department chair for information on tech-prep options.