Child Development

Child Development

About the Program

The Child Development curricula are designed to provide academic background and practical work experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Certificate Level 2

AREA OF STUDY: Liberal Arts, Humanities & Education

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes

STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

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Develop an understanding of child development and learning (Child Development and Learning).

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Examine family and community relationships (Family and Community).

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Explain the observation, documentation, and assessment process needed to support young children and their families (Observation and Assessment).

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Construct meaningful curriculum from content knowledge in early childhood, using developmentally effective approaches which connect children and their families (Teaching and Learning). Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession (Professionalism).

Program Information

General Requirements

The Child Development curricula are designed to provide academic background and practical work experience necessary for successful care and guidance of young children. Students completing this program will be qualified to serve as the following: early childhood teachers or assistants, foster parents, paraprofessionals, or, with appropriate work experience, child development center directors. Some courses apply to EC-6 teacher certification. (See General Information, Academic Degrees and Certificates for field of study information.) The AAS degree requires completion of 60 semester hours. All of the courses in the Child Development Administration and Early Childhood Certificate programs may apply to this AAS degree. The Child Development AAS degree is approved for Tech Prep.


According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: “No person with a conviction or who is under indictment for, or is the subject of an official criminal complaint alleging violation of any of the crimes listed as a felony against the person or a felony violation of the Texas Controlled Substance Act may be present while children are in care,” therefore the Child Development program is not appropriate for anyone who falls into this category.


The Child Development program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L. Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 2005-4101 (www.naeyc.org).

The associate degree program seeks to sow and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that highly qualified early education professionals are expected to possess if they are to be more effective in their care-giving and teaching efforts.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

 

Accreditation

Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

 

In the chart below, please indicate the number and percentage of program completers for the three most recent academic years. Note: the percentages across each row must add up to 100%.

Academic Year

Number of program completers

% of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion)

% of program completers who were attending part-time[1] (at the time of completion)

2018- 2019

22

45%

55%

2019- 2020

24

50%

50%

2020- 2021

22

45%

55%

 

 

Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate

What is the published timeframe for full-time candidates to complete the early childhood program(s) included in this Self-Study Report? (Please indicate in terms of the number of academic years; e.g., five semesters would be 2.5 academic years.)Two years

 

In the following chart, please indicate the percentage of full-time candidates completing the program within the program's published timeframe.[1]The program must complete the information for the 150% indicator and choose to report on either the 100%, 200% (or twice) or 300% (three times) indicator. The academic years selected must fall within eight years of the date this report is submitted.

 

Example:  A program with a published timeline of two years (four semesters at 15 credits a semester) to complete an A.A.S. in Early Childhood could select a Fall 2011 cohort on which to report.  The 150% indicator, indicates all members of the Fall 2011 cohort (full-time at the time of enrollment) who completed the program by Spring 2014. The 100% indicator only contains members of the Fall 2011 cohort who completed the program by Spring 2013. The 200% indicator contains all members of the Fall 2011 cohort who completed the program by Spring 2015, including those already counted in the 150% indicator. Lastly, the 300% indicator contains all members of the Fall 2011 cohort who completed the program by Spring 2017, including those already counted in the 150% indicator.

[1] “The Commission defines the published time frame as the number of terms an individual student was actually enrolled in the program. The terms do not have to be consecutive, but the total number of terms must meet the program’s expected time frame for completion. University-approved withdrawals (e.g., leaves of absence for reasons of health, maternity/paternity, mission work, military assignment) do not count toward the number of terms a student was enrolled in the program. Students taking longer due to reasons other than university-approved withdrawals (e.g., course repeats, remediation plans) cannot be considered as meeting completion expectations.” Language adapted from the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology, Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech Language Hearing Association at http://caa.asha.org/news/calculating-program-completion-rates/.

 

Program Name: Child Development, AAS Degree

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program (select three sequential years)

Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe

Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice) or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe (Please circle, underline or bold the indicator above on which the program will report.)

2016

25%

63%

2017

20%

29%

2018

0%

N/A (year 2022 not yet completed)

Data Source:  End of term, Fall 2021 DataMart files / IPEDS Completions Survey 2021 / Graduation Rate Survey

A program may (but is not required to) insert below a short narrative description (150 words) of the data reflected above to provide context.

The calculation of the graduation rates for individual programs is difficult to accomplish.  The results often appear unfavorable/misleading.  The office of institutional research (OIR) does not recommend calculating rates by program unless preceded by a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of institutional data, specifically with regard to the completeness and accuracy of student major data. These results should be considered an approximation of the graduation rate.

* Three of the four Fall 2017 first time, full time majors are still enrolled. One dropped out the first semester and has not returned.  One full time major in the cohort was first time at HCC in Fall 2017, but was a transfer in. That student graduated and was included in the graduation rate. Without this adjustment, the rate would have been 0.0%.

 

Outcome Measure #3: Institutional Selected Data  

All programs are required to select at least one of the following outcome measures on which to report.  (Institutions submitting multiple programs in a single Annual Report may select the same or a different measure for each program; a separate chart must be submitted for each program.)

  1. The fall-to-fall retention rate in the program for each of the three most recently completed academic years (Note: a graduate within the year is counted as retained)

 

Academic Year

 % of Part-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment)

Performance Data

% of Full-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment

Retention Rate among Full-Time Candidates

2018-2019

67%

47%

33%

66%

2019-2020

65%

57%

35%

75%

2020-2001

66%

69%

34%

75%

 

 OR

  1. Please provide the specific web link where the data on Outcome Measures #1, #2 and #3 of this section are published on the institution’s website. The link should be accessible from the program’s home page on the institution’s website. The data could be housed directly within the program’s section of the institution’s website. If an institution has a page that houses accreditation data and/or candidate success data for all programs at the institution, the program outcome measures may be included there instead, but must still be linked to directly from the program’s homepage.

     

    Child Development Homepage link to data (found under the Child Development Program Information/Accreditation):  https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/liberal-arts--humanities/child-development/  or https://www.hccs.edu/centers/education-professions/

 

 

Employment

For the Child Development, AAS degree:

Infant and Toddler Teacher Certificate Level and Early
Childhood Certificate Level II, the Gulf Coast Wage and Job
Growth Projections are: Annual wage $34,287 with a job growth
rate of 24.2% (2012-2022), and 315 annual job openings.

Teacher Assistant / Aide Certificate Level II, the Gulf Coast Wage
and Job Growth Projections are: Annual Wage $20,951 with a
job growth rate of 26.5%(2012-2022) and 900 annual job
openings.

 

Online Programs Restrictions

Some online programs may require up to 15% of their curriculum be taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Some online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.  

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.

 

Hybrid Programs Restrictions

Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements. 

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.

 

Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Child Development, A.A.S.

Child Development - Administration, C1

Early Childhood, C2

Infant and Toddler Teacher, C1

Teacher Assistant/Aide, C2

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Saran Winters, MA.

Child Development

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