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2013-2014 College Credit Catalog: Award Plans
Child Care and Development

The Child Development Program prepares students for employment as classroom assistants, teachers, directors, and child advocates in early care and education programs. A variety of course options are available including CDA Training, a Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science. All courses contain a combination of teaching theory and methods based on developmentally appropriate practices along with practical work experience gained through laboratory hours spent working with children in early care and education settings.

Special Admissions Requirements for All Child Development Students:

Because the criteria for child care center volunteers is determined by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers, there are special requirements for enrollment in child development courses with laboratory components. Students enrolled in these courses will be required to complete a criminal history statement the first day of class and a notarized affidavit of this statement by the first day of lab, which will be submitted for verification of the information provided as required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). Both of these forms are available for printing at www.austincc.edu/childdev.

Students with a felony conviction for any offense under Title 5, Title 6, Chapter 29 of Title 7, Chapter 43 of Title 9, 15.031 of Title 4, 38.17 of Title 8 of the Penal Code or any other like offense under the law of another state or federal law are not eligible to work in child care settings or take child development courses with laboratory components. Students with any other misdemeanor or felony charge, indictment, conviction, or complaint may not enroll in child development courses until an assessment of risk is completed by the Child Development Department. Students should plan on beginning the risk assessment process, which must be completed with the Austin Community College Children's Laboratory School, three months prior to enrolling in child development courses. Contact the Child Development department chair at 223.5201 or the Director of the Children's Laboratory School at 223.5200 for more information.

Special Admission Requirements for the Academic CDA Training Program, Child Development Certificate and/or Associate Degree:

To encourage success in the Child Development Program, admission to the Child Development Certificate Program or the Academic CDA Training Program requires students to complete the Reading and Writing portions of the ACC Assessment for placement. Students who place into Reading Fundamentals (DEVR 0300) or Writing Skills I (DEVW 0310) on the basis of their assessment scores must successfully complete these course requirements before enrolling in child development courses.

Students who place into Reading Skills Improvement (DEVR 0310) and/or Writing Skills II (DEVW 0320) on the basis of their assessment scores must co-enroll in these courses while taking child development courses.

Other Special Requirements for Child Development:

1. Students must receive a C or above in each child development course for the courses to be accepted toward the Child Development Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree.

2. Prospective students who have a current PAC (Professional Administrator Credential) may receive credit for CDEC 2326. For information, contact the Child Development Department at 512.223.5201.

3. Prospective students who have a current CDA (Child Development Credential) may have the course requirement for CDEC 1311 waived. For information, contact the Child Development Department at 512.223.5201.

4. Students enrolled in CDEC 1166 or CDEC 2166 must complete 128 hours of regularly scheduled supervised fieldwork experiences per semester; a minimum of 64 hours of these fieldwork hours must be completed at the ACC Children's Laboratory School.

  1. Child Development - Associate of Applied Science Degree
  2. Child Development - Certificate
  3. Academic CDA Training Program - Institutional Certificate
  4. Comprehensive CDA Training Program - Marketable Skills Award
  5. Professional Recognition For Caregivers - Institutional Certificate