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Child Development/Early Childhood Education — Your Door To the Future

Last updated on August 29, 2019

Do you want to make an impact and be a part of educating future generations? Do you enjoy working with children? A degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education could be the perfect fit for you.  It’s a career opportunity with jobs in a wide variety of settings. You can start at a Dallas Community College near you.

A Look Into Possible Careers

You might find yourself wondering, “What can I do with my associate degree or certificate in child development/early childhood education?” We are glad you asked. Here are the top five careers worth exploring with this degree or certificate:

  • Childcare worker
  • Teacher assistant
  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool and childcare center director
  • Nanny

What Can I Do With an Associate Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education?

An associate degree in child development/ early childhood education prepares you for entry-level jobs in childcare and education. It’s a stepping stone to a four-year degree or an opportunity to determine whether this career is for you and matches your career interests.

Getting Started With the Colleges of DCCCD

Brookhaven andEastfield both offer offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education. They also offer an Administrative Certificate and a Child Development/Early Childhood Education Certificate.

Child Development/Early Childhood Education Certificate

Program details:

  • Credit hours: 28
  • Program length: three semesters
  • Estimated cost: $1,652

Administrative Certificate

Program details:

  • Credit hours: 24
  • Program length: three semesters
  • Estimated cost: $1,416

Child Development/Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science degree

Program details:

  • Credit hours: 60
  • Course length: four semesters, if you’re a full-time student
  • Estimated cost: $3,540

Note: Costs are estimated and do not include expenses for textbooks or other materials. Don’t live in Dallas County? Your tuition rate may vary. Calculate your tuition.

Did you know that the colleges of DCCCD also offer several Teacher Education (Associate of Arts in Teaching) degrees that can be transferred to a four-year university’s College of Education? It’s true! Check it out Education Courses and Teaching degrees.

I Want To Become a Texas Certified Teacher

In order to earn a Texas Teacher Certification, you will first need to earn a bachelor’s degree. We highly recommend contacting an advisor and your intended university to discuss your courses and degree plan.

Once you finish your bachelor’s degree, you will need to complete an educator preparation program, pass certification exams and submit your application to the state. First-time applicants will also need to complete fingerprinting as part of a national criminal background check.

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