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Child Development


In addition to the general education requirements, the program provides for the understanding of the whole children, the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development of infants through age eight, preparing students in the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum, as well as communication, teaching, and guidance.

The Associate in Arts degree program in Child has been developed to prepare a person to work with young children and their families.  We also offer two certificates, Certificate of Mastery in Child Development and Certificate of Administration of Child Care Programs.  Our Child Development courses can also be used to apply for the CDA.  All coursework for the certificates and the CDA is part of the Associates in Arts degree. A student coming into the program with a valid CDA will substitute for 6 Child Development credits, CHDV1023 and CHDV 1053.

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

AA Degree Child Development 2021-2022-A.A.-in-Child-Development-1

Certificate of Mastery Child Development Certificate of Mastery in Child Development

Certificate of Administration and Management of Child Care Programs Certificate of Administration and Management

CDA Preparation Micro-Credential CDA Preparation Micro-Credential


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 with the University of Central Oklahoma and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 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, Early Head Start, or Child Care Teacher Median Salary – $30,000 annual
  • A Head Start, Early 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 staff, 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. Many positions require a Bachelor’s degree.
  • 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


NOC 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 free tuition and textbooks paid through the Scholars program. For additional information, contact the Scholar Coordinator, Jayme Elam by email or telephone; 405-372-2404.