Explore Academic Programs - Child Development

Child development professionals impact children's lives forever. Few career fields offer so many job opportunities in such a variety of settings. This profession requires patience, good judgment, strength of character, confidence, compassion, sense of humor, commitment and maturity. 

CTC Child Development programs provide quality learning through a variety of delivery methods. Our students have direct experiences observing working with children in National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited centers, DoD child development centers or lab schools including our own CTC Child Development Center/Lab School.

We assist students in making intelligent career choices and keeping abreast of the latest child development research and practices.

Students interested in teaching in a public school setting should explore our teaching education program.

Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Teacher assistants

Potential Earnings: $25,410 annually

Market Growth Rate: 6 %

Pre-school teacher

Potential Earnings: $28,70 9annually

Market Growth Rate: 7 %

Center program director

Potential Earnings: $45,790 annually

Market Growth Rate: 7 %

* Further study (bachelor's degree) required | ** Study beyond bachelor's degree required

Degrees and Certificates

Central Texas College offers two-year associate degrees, shorter-term certificates of completion and a marketable skills program for students exploring careers in child development. Many students begin with a certificate program for quicker job qualification and then progress to a degree. The associate degree may also be transferred to a four-year university to be applied toward a bachelor's degree.

Delivery Mode

Associate of Applied Science

Child Development

60 credit hours, four semesters full time

Certificate of Completion

Child Development Associate - Marketing Skills Achievement

9 credit hours,  one semester part time

Certificate of Completion

Child Development

46 credit hours, three semesters full time

Certificate of Completion

Administrator's Credentials

31 credit hours, two semesters full time

Gainful Employment

 Child Development