AA in Child Development

Division of Adult Education Degree Completion Program

No more than 32 hours may be completed online or off-site.

Minimum of 66 academic credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 are required for the Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development.


The associate degree in Child Development prepares students for employment in community agencies and organizations with opportunities of teaching or administration in child care or Head Start programs. The emphasis of the degree is to develop a strong understanding of how children develop and learn, the role of the family, and content and pedagogical knowledge of children age birth through eight.

Degree Requirements

32 hours of Core Curriculum Requirements:
9 hours English (ENG 113, ENG 1213, SPC 1713)
3 hours Social Studies (AIS)
3 hours Religions (REL)
3 hours Mathematics (MTH 1513)
4 hours Science (BIO 1114)
6 hours Liberal Arts Guided Electives (ART/THE, PSY/SOC)
3 hours Freshman Seminar (CLE 1103)
1 hour General Elective

34 hours of Major Concentration:
PED 2002 Educational Technology
PED 2102 Legal Issues in Education
ECH 2102 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
ECH 2203 Health, Safety & Nutrition
ECH 3003 Creative Experience & Play
HPE 2112 Personal Health
HPE 2212 Motor Skills Development of the Young Child
HPE 2313 Prevention Education
REA 3003 Children's Literature, Literacy & Technology
PSY 2323 Psychology of Multicultural Education
SOC 2223 The Family
3 hours Foreign Language

Other Requirements:

Computer Literacy: demonstrated through completion of appropriate high school or college course or testing out.

Reading Proficiency: demonstrated through appropriate ACT score or completion of developmental Reading courses.

Outcomes Assessment (CAAP Test): required after completing 60 credit hours of general education coursework.