Child Development Associate of Applied Science

Research proves that quality adult-child communication and interaction are necessary for optimal development and growth. The Texarkana College Child Development program offers a variety of courses that encourage and promote the teaching of the WHOLE child, including the physical cognitive, social, and emotional aspects.

Through course work and practical hands-on applications, students are provided the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Early Childhood Education History and current methodology. Students must have an overall C average and no less than a C in CDEC and TECA courses.

The programs are designed to help prepare students for careers in daycare management and teaching as well as Head Start and Teacher Aide positions.

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.


Freshman Year

First Semester Hours
CDEC 1317 Child Development Associate Training I 3
CDEC 2322 Child Development Associate Training II 3
CDEC 2324 Child Development Associate Training III 3
CDEC 1319 Child Guidance 3
BCIS 1305 or PSYC 1300 (core)
Business Computer Applications or Learning Framework
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 1301 (core) Composition I 3
CDEC 1358 Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3
CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs 3
CDEC 1313 Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Program 3
TECA 1311 Educating Young Children 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours
CDEC 2387 Internship – Child Care Provider / Assistant 3
CDEC 2326 Administration of Programs for Children I 3
TECA 1303 Families, School, & Community 3
SPCH 1315 (core) Public Speaking 3
PSYC 2308 (core) Child Psychology 3
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
CDEC 1356 Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3
Creative Arts (any core course) 3
MATH (any core course) 3
TECA 1318 Wellness of the Young Child 3
ENGL 1302 (core) or ENGL 2311 Composition II or Technical and Business Writing 3
Child Development AAS Total