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 engaging experiences through various delivery methods. Our students have unique and diverse opportunities to apply what they learn in our CTC Child Development Center/Lab School.

Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

This program offers different pathways, and you can choose your final destination. Students may pursue an associate degree or certificate. The certificates allow more immediate employability with courses focused on child development studies. The associate degree adds additional child development coursework along with more general academic courses.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers*

Potential Earnings: $43,250 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5% - 8 %

Early Childhood Teacher

Potential Earnings: $28,790 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5% - 8%

Center Program Director

Potential Earnings: $45,790 annually

Market Growth Rate: 5% - 8%

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

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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.

Degrees & Certificates Delivery Mode
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Child Development (AAS)
60 credit hours, four semesters full time
 Central Campus Day
 Other US Locations (Bolling AFB, Elmendorf AFB, Fort Lee, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Polk, Fort Richardson, Fort Riley, Fort Rucker, Fort Sill, Fort Wainwright)
Child Development Instructional Aide/Teacher Assistant (CC)
48 credit hours, three semesters full time
 Central Campus Day
 Other US Locations (Elmendorf AFB, Fort Lee, Fort Polk, Fort Richardson, Fort Riley, Fort Wainwright)
Child and Youth Serving Professional (CC)
30 credit hours, two semesters full time
   Central Campus Day
 Other US Locations (TBD)
Administrator's Credentials (CC)
18 credit hours, two semesters full time
   Central Campus Day
 Other US Locations (Fort Polk, Fort Riley)
Child Development Associate (OSA)
9 credit hours, one semester part-time
   Central Campus Day
Course Descriptions
CDEC (Child Development) TECA (Child Development)

Contact the Department

Office: 254-526-1900

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 Child Development