Blinn Child Development Program introduces online degree, certificate, and OSAs

Online courses feature innovative tools and interactive instruction to maximize student engagement

December 14, 2018

The Blinn College District is making it easier than ever to pursue a career in the early child care profession.

Beginning in the Spring 2019 semester, students can earn an associate degree, certificate, or award through Blinn’s Child Development Program without ever stepping foot on campus. The new online program will feature innovative technology and interactive instruction to maximize student engagement and ensure full equivalency to Blinn’s traditional, face-to-face courses.

“Blinn’s child development faculty have dedicated countless hours to bringing these courses online for the convenience of our students,” Program Coordinator Amy Jones said. “We now are able to provide the same high-quality instruction as we do in our traditional programs, but in a more accessible format.”

Blinn’s Child Development Program prepares students to provide high-quality early childhood experiences in safe and nurturing environments. Courses combine academic background and practical work experience necessary for the successful care, guidance, and education of young children.

The online program offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in child development and a Child Care Worker certificate, as well as two Occupational Skills Achievement awards in Early Childhood and Child Care Administration. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for a variety of child care careers, including teachers in a child care facility or preschool program, child care center owners and directors, public school child life assistants and teacher’s aides, and owners and directors of a group day home or registered home.

Sharon Schwartz, Assistant Director of Christ Lutheran Day School in Brenham, completed her AAS degree in child development in Fall 2017. Though Blinn did not offer a fully online degree at that time, she was able to complete most of her courses online.

“The online aspect of the program was the deciding factor for me,” Schwartz said. “I work full time and I have a family, so taking my courses online allowed me the scheduling flexibility I needed to complete the program.”

In addition to virtual instruction, students in the online Child Development Program participate in face-to-face field experience as part of course curriculum in early childhood centers, child care facilities, home daycares, and other educational school settings that meet or exceed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service’s (DFPS) child care licensing criteria.

“The face-to-face requirement engages students in an actual early child care facility to ensure they maximize their learning opportunities,” Jones said. “We want them to be as prepared as possible to work with young children in a variety of settings.”

For more information regarding Blinn’s new online Child Development Program, contact Jones at amy.jones@blinn.edu.

Blinn’s online programs are fully equivalent and hold the same accreditation as its traditional face-to-face courses. Academic and student support are available to students who take online programs through the College District’s online student portal, myBlinn. Blinn also offers a variety of resources for students considering online courses at www.blinn.edu/online, including an orientation course, tips for taking an online course, tutorials, and frequently asked questions.

Regardless of whether students choose to enroll in online or face-to-face courses, they benefit from Blinn’s exceptional academic reputation. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 36.9 percent ranks second in the state of Texas and exceeds the state-wide average of 20.9 percent.

THECB data also shows that Blinn students who take 30 credit hours during the 2018-19 school year save $3,914, or approximately 42 percent, in tuition and fees compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.

Registration for the Spring semester is open through Monday, Jan. 14. For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.

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