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Child Development

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

– Rita Pierson.

In addition to the general education requirements, Child Development students focus on early care and education courses; Child Health, Safety, Nutrition; Child Development and Guidance and Infant/Toddler and Preschool Programming.  Elective options include children’s Creative Arts, Special Needs, Language and Literacy and Administration of Child Care Programs. Our Child Development courses can be used to apply for the CDA, through the Prep Micro-credential.  We also offer two certificates, Certificate of Mastery in Child Development and Certificate of Administration and Management of Child Care Programs.  All coursework for the certificates is part of the Associates in Arts degree.

The Associate in Arts degree program in Child Development has been developed to prepare a person to work in the early care and education field. Any valid CDA will substitute for 6 CHDV credits, CHDV 1023 and CHDV 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.

Classes are offered in a variety of formats, online, online live (Zoom), and on campus.
All Child Development courses are online.


Associates of Arts in Child Development

Certificate in Administration and Management in Child Development

Certificate of Mastery in Child Development

Transferability of Earned Degree

Transferability of Earned Degree.
The Child Development program prepares students for future personal growth and advancement in education and career development. The Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Child Development is part of an agreement that allows the earned AA degree to be applied directly to a Bachelor’s degree program. Students may apply the earned AA toward a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences-Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma or Bachelor of Science Early Intervention Child Development from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.



Head Start or Child Care teacher Median Salary – $30,000 annual

A Head Start or Child Care teacher works with young children, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and is responsible for their well-being and early learning and education while parents are at work. This position requires patience, compassion, responsibility, strong organizational skills, and a background in early childhood education.

Head Start and Early Head Start director Median Salary –$35,000–$47,,000 annual

Directors supervise and lead their staffs, design program plans, oversee daily activities, and prepare budgets.

Child and Family Advocate with Social Service Agency –$30,000 annual

Child and family advocates identifying families and children in need of social services and implementing program activities to meet those needs.

Public School teachers aid/assistant–Median Salary – $30,000 annual

Teacher assistants work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction.

Child Care Resource and Referral assistant–$30,000 annual

Various duties, including coordinating family referrals for childcare and technical assistance and training of childcare staff.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook



The ECCD department is pleased to partner with the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program funded by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services administered through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Qualifying students receive 90% of tuition/fees paid and 100% of textbooks paid through the Scholars program. For additional information, contact the Scholar Coordinator, Jayme Elam by email or telephone; 580.628.6920.