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Early Childhood Educator
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 acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them to create developmentally appropriate, 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. 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. Additional colleges also accept Collin College courses in Child Development; check with individual colleges for their requirements.
Also see Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT).
1. Enroll in a Collin child development course.
2. Within the first two weeks of their child development course, students must complete required paperwork to begin lab observations. A copy of a negative tuberculosis test result may be required. Continuing students may need to re-submit 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
- Students must undergo and pass a criminal background 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
It is the student's responsibility to keep all 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.