Child Development

Career facts

Child Development LabThe Associate in Arts degree program in Child Development has been developed to prepare a person to work in the childcare field. Any valid CDA will substitute for 6 CD credits, CD 1023 and CD 1053.  The program provides for the understanding of the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development of infants through pre-school age, preparing students in the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum, as well as communication, teaching, and guidance.


In addition to the general education requirements, Child Development students focus on early care and education courses; Child Health, Safety, & Nutrition; and Infant/Toddler & Preschool Programming.  Elective options include Music, Special Needs, Child Development, and Administration of Child Care Programs. Our CD courses can be used to apply for the CDA.  We also offer two certificates, Certificate of Mastery in Child Development and Certificate of Administration of Child Care Programs.  All coursework for the certificates are part of the Associates in Arts degree.

 Child Development Lab


Child care worker
Head Start teacher
Child care assistant

Who is a good fit?

Students should enjoy being with young children. Have you worked with children part-time in the summer, during internships, or volunteered for child care with schools, hospitals, camps, or church? Students should plan to obtain certification in CPR, safety, and first aid for adults, children, and infants. Students are recommended to develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music, or physical activity.
Child Development Lab

2016-2025 OK labor market projections

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – Bachelor’s Degree
Median Salary - $16.05/hr.
Growth – 8%
10 year change in jobs – 483

Childcare Workers – High School Diploma
Median Salary - $8.17/hr.
Growth – (-9%)
10 year change in jobs – (-1157)

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program – Bachelor’s Degree
Median Salary - $16.18/hr.
Growth – 1%
10 year change in jobs – 12