Whether you want to be a teacher or just enjoy working with young children, the child development program at Collin College could be the perfect starting point for you. Early Childhood Educator certificate and degree programs are designed to prepare you to study at a four-year university and for entry-level positions working with young children and their families.

The program emphasizes a developmental approach to promote the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of the children you will work with. Students learn management skills that allow them to provide quality programs in safe, nurturing environments. The Child Development Associate (CDA) program provides performance-based training of childcare professionals who work with children from birth through age 8.

Collin's child development program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is the only program in Texas to have NAEYC accreditation while holding exemplary status with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In some cases, coursework is applicable as in-service training for teachers, administrators, nannies and family day home providers.

If you plan to transfer to a college or university, be sure to check with Collin academic advisors and the degree requirement of the intended transfer college before beginning this program to verify course degree applicability. If you plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) accepts Collin College’s AAS-Early Childhood Educator. Check with an advisor at TWU for more information.

Also see Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT).

Program Options

AAS - Early Childhood Educator (0 - 8 Years)

Certificate Level 1 - Early Childhood Educator (0 - 8 Years)

Certificate Level 1 - Child Development Associate (CDA)

OSA - Early Childhood Administrator

OSA - Child Development Associate (CDA)

OSA - Special Educator (0 - 8 Years)

Program Requirements

To participate in the Child Development Lab School and receive credit for the lab component of courses, the following requirements must be met:

1. Enroll in a Collin child development course. Click on the correct lab manual on the Child Development and Education Program website at: http://iws.collin.edu/childdevelopment related to the course the student is enrolled.

2. Within the first week of the first child development course, students must complete a mandatory child development-early childhood-education orientation and provide paperwork necessary to begin class, including, but not limited to, a copy of acceptable tuberculosis test results. Continuing students must submit acceptable tuberculosis results every year.

3. Complete and sign a student record form as a contract to ensure the following:

  • Verification that the student has read and agrees to abide by the Texas Minimum Standards for child care centers
  • Verification that the student has read and agrees to follow the laboratory student guidelines
  • Information provided to a criminal history check by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services
  • Provide a notarized affidavit that confidentiality and professional discretion will be observed at all times
  • Personal release for videotaping for instructional purposes
  • Complete a Degree Plan (two-part document found on Collin’s website under Getting Started / Admissions / Forms or in the Admissions Office) and submit to an advisor

College records should always contain current personal information. It is the student's responsibility to keep this information current.

If your program requires a criminal background check, your placement in a required clinical site, cooperative, practicum, internship, and/or licensure/certification opportunity may be impacted.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your program director and check with your licensing/certifying entity, if any, to determine your status. 


Collin's Child Development-Early Childhood program has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is the only program in Texas to have NAEYC accreditation and to also hold Exemplary Status with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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