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Child Development

Certificate Technical Degree

A strong early foundation can give children the confidence and skills that will support them throughout their lives. San Jac’s child development program will train you to provide high-quality care in child care centers, preschools, and more.

Program at a Glance

Earning Potential

  • Childcare Workers: $23,106
  • Teachers Assistant: $22,046
  • Substitute Teacher: $23,397
  • Preschool teacher: $44,626
  • Education administrator, preschool, and childcare: $61,518

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Directing or owning an early childhood program
  • Teaching in a family day home setting
  • Becoming a nanny
  • Working at a children’s museum

Locations

  • Central Campus
  • North Campus
  • San Jac Online

 

DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Child Development Associate Training for Director, Occupational Certificate

Certificate
The Occupational Certificate prepares you for the A.A.S. degree or Certificate of Technology program or to advance in your current career.With this program—along with a national certification—you’ll get the training and credentials you’ll need to teach young children or to direct child care centers.
Length 3 Months
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 18 credits for this certificate in one term.

Child Development/Early Childhood Education, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career.The Child Development/Early Childhood Education A.A.S. degree curriculum develops basic skills, attitudes, and competencies necessary for personnel to provide high-quality care and early education in preschools and child care centers.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.

Child Development/Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. After completing this certificate program, you can explore many career paths, such as teaching, working at a children’s museum, or becoming a nanny. All courses apply toward the A.A.S. degree.
Length 1.5 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 42 credits for this certificate in three terms.

Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Applied Science

Technical Degree

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Education degree prepares you to work with children from six weeks through third grade. Graduates will also be eligible to work in an early childhood organization, such as Head Start. They can also apply for teacher certification to teach preschool through third grade in public schools.

Length 4 years
If you’re studying full-time, you can complete the 120 credits for this program in four years.

Educational Aide, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. Teach in child care centers or as an assistant in a K-12 setting after completing this program and applying for advanced educational aide/child development certificates.
Length 1.5 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 38 credits for this certificate in three terms.

Educational Aide, Occupational Certificate

Certificate
The Occupational Certificate prepares you for the A.A.S. degree or Certificate of Technology program or to advance in your current career.After completing this program and applying for basic educational aide/child development certificates, you'll be prepared to work in child care centers, assist in K-12 settings, or be a paraprofessional, educational aide, or teacher's assistant in an Independent School District.
Length 3 Months
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 16 credits for this certificate in one term.
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Advancing Toward a New Career – Online, Anytime

San Jac’s online program is taking this career seeker into a profession she can enjoy for many years to come.
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Quality educators are in high demand, and this program allows students to complete coursework in less than a year. In addition, the credits students earn for this certificate will transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree.”
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North Campus child development program director
Shawnetta Thomas came to San Jac to pursue a career that she can enjoy for decades: preschool education. With her certificate in early childhood education, she’ll be ready to take a national credential test and begin work as a preschool teacher or public school teacher’s aid.

 

 

Child Development

Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Development at San Jacinto College-Central is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The accreditation term runs from March 2021 through March 2025.
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The Three Components of our Program

The conceptual framework of the San Jacinto College Child Development and Education department consists of three components:
  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge and skills
  • Community partnerships.
These components align with NAEYC standards and San Jac values and we integrate them into the students’ curriculum and experiences.

 

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From Naptime to Graduation

Earn a Teaching Degree or Certificate
Not interested in Child Development? No problem — you can still help shape and motivate the next generation. Make your way towards a Texas teaching certification by earning an A.A.T. in one of two tracks: Early Childhood - 6th Grade, or 7th-12th Grade.

Any Questions?

We’re happy to offer additional details. Contact our department chair to learn more.
Gwendolyn Berry
Dept Ch, Child Dev/Educ/Psyc
Phone
(281) 998-1867
Dept Chair, Bach Education
Phone
(281) 476-1847