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Child Development Program

The Blinn College Child Development Program offers many classes applicable to the child care profession. We have classes in the late afternoon and evening to meet the needs of non-traditional students and those students who work full-time (Bryan campus).  We also offer online (all campuses) and blended (both online and face to face) classes and interactive video (all campuses).  The program offers a Child Care Worker Certificate (27 hours of coursework) in Bryan and Brenham and an Associate of Applied Science degree (60 hours of coursework) on the Bryan campus. The Associate in Applied Science degree in Child Development includes additional child development classes, academic courses in social science, humanities, English, and math/science. Blinn College Child Development classes can help a student meet the training requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) as well as licensing requirements for the position of director in a licensed child care facility.

Child Development Program graduates with a certificate are qualified to enter positions as child care workers or teaching assistants in preschool programs or other child care facilities. Graduates with an AAS degree are qualified to enter positions such as teacher/lead teacher in a child care facility or preschool program, child care center owner/director, HeadStart teacher, owner/director of a group day home or registered home, child life assistant or teacher’s aide in the public schools. Students pursuing the child care worker certificate and the Associates in Applied Science degree are required to complete a a field experience in all courses except for TECA/CDEC 1354 in an early childhood center, child care facility, home daycare or other educational school setting that meets or exceeds the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service’s child care licensing criteria.  Students will be required to pass a background check conducted by the facility and TDFPS. Upon completion of a majority of the coursework for the child care worker certificate and the Associates in Applied Science degree, students will complete a capstone experience course (CDEC 2366/CDEC 2367).

Four child development courses, TECA 1303, TECA 1311, TECA 1318 and TECA 1354 are designated academic transfer courses and may be accepted by four year institutions offering a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree for Elementary Certification: Early Childhood through 6th grade or other relevant degree. These courses may satisfy lower division requirements for this degree.

Please contact Amy Jones at ajones@blinn.edu for further information about this program.

For information concerning admission into Blinn College and the Child Development Program, please go to our website www.blinn.edu/admissions

For information concerning local and national job placement, wages, and local childcare training initiatives, go to www.bvjobs.org

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