Child Development Degree
Eastern Oklahoma State College offers three options in Child Development.
- Child Development (AA)
The Associate in Arts in Child Development is designed to outline the freshman and sophomore years of study for students who plan to transfer to a university to major in child development or related fields. This degree will guide students toward a professional career working with children, youth and families. (Important note: This program is not designed for students who want to become elementary school teachers; they should pursue the A.A. in Elementary Education.)
- Child Development (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science in Child Development consists of curriculum designed to prepare child development professionals. The program prepares students for jobs in child development centers or other educational settings for young children. With electives in business, students are able to learn the key essentials of operating a child care center. The Associate of Applied Science is a terminal degree, which leads to immediate employment. Although the AAS is not primarily designed for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, the curriculum includes a significant number of transferable credit hours for students who decide to further their education.
- Certificate of Mastery in Child Development
The Certificate of Mastery in Child Development allows students to obtain specialized training, which includes the nine credit hour educational requirement for a Child Development Assistant (CDA) credential. Obtaining the Certificate of Mastery will help students to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework. For students who choose to pursue additional education, the 18 credit hours required for the Certificate of Mastery are included in the curricula Associate of Arts in Child Development and the Associate of Applied Science in Child Development.
Graduates are prepared to work with children in settings such as child development centers, daycares, preschools and Head Start programs.
Download a brochure from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for additional information about career options in early care and education.
A college degree is an investment in your future. There are many lifelong benefits of a quality education that exceed the initial costs involved. Tuition and fees at Eastern Oklahoma State College are among the lowest in the nation. Plus, Eastern offers a variety of institutional scholarships, as well as subject-related scholarships for students who demonstrate high academic qualifications and financial need. Federal and state financial aid and grant opportunities are also available to help fund your education.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholars for Excellence in Child Care (Scholars) Program
This scholarship is available to child care providers working full time in child care in Oklahoma for courses in child development. This scholarship is renewable and is for 70 percent tuition and fees and 100 percent of books. (See application for eligibility requirements.)
Apply now for admission to the Child Development program.
Cheryl Wood Myers
Psychology, Sociology, CDP Professor/Department Chair